News roundup for Anchorage Archdiocese

The following is a roundup of news briefs, notices and upcoming events from across the Archdiocese of Anchorage.
Thomas Merton Organizational Meeting

Holy Family Cathedral will hold an organizational meeting to establish a local chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place on Oct. 22, 8:30 p.m., at Holy Family Center (844 West Fifth Avenue) next to the parish. Those planning to attend the initial planning meeting are asked to RSVP if possible. For more information, contact Kathleen Tarr at or 907-306-3386.


Unpacking the meaning of the Mass

Father Leo Walsh, pastor of St. Benedict Church in Anchorage, will be celebrating a “Slow Mass” on Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., at the parish. Father Walsh will explain church architecture, liturgical vestments and the prayers of the Mass. He will also explain the meanings behind the many postures and actions during the Mass as well as the history and significance of the liturgy. For more information, contact Marcy Adkins at 243-2195 ext 554.


Light for the Homeless Candlelight Vigil

On Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Delaney Park Strip (Between E & G) the Brother Francis Advisory Council will hold a candlelight vigil from 6-7 p.m. to celebrate and remember those in the homeless community who have lost their lives this year. The prayer vigil will include remarks from local and state leaders and is open to the public.


Holiday bazaar at Holy Family Cathedral

The Women of Holy Family Cathedral will hold their annual holiday bazaar on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to arts, crafts, games for kids and the famous White Elephant table, the event will also include items to eat such as cinnamon rolls and coffee in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. Enter by the side door off 5th Ave. or by the elevator entrance on H Street.


National youth conference in November

Alaskans interested in attending the three-day National Catholic Youth Conference, Nov. 19-21, can contact Matthew Beck, director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries for the archdiocese at or 297-7734.


Rosary rally set for Oct. 10

A rosary rally will be held Oct. 10, 9:45 a.m., at Holy Family Cathedral’s outdoor Marian grotto. In addition to the recitation of the rosary, Dominican Father Mark Francis will give a short reflection. The event is open to all ages.


Course offered on papal encyclical

An eight-week course on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the care of creation — “Laudato Si’” — will take place at Alaska Pacific University from Sept. 29 to Nov. 17. The course includes reading and discussing the papal document as well as considering its implications for modern life. Classes will meet in the Carr-Gottstein building, room 201, from 7-9:20 p.m. Discussions will be lead by Dr. Regina Boisclair. The cost is $50. For more information, call 564-8274.


Refugee outreach needs warehouse space

Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services program is in need of a warehouse or space by Dec. 1, 2015 to store furniture donations from the community. The storage unit does not need to be heated and ideally would be accessible at least twice a week. The space should be large enough to hold five or more couches, three or more kitchen tables/chairs and six or more bookshelves and other furnishings like lamps. For more information, call 222-7376.


Post abortion outreach support group

Project Rachel, a post-abortion support group is offering a new session for women who are suffering or confused because of an abortion — either their own or a family members, whether recent or long ago. Supported by the Anchorage Archdiocese, the Project Rachel healing group is free and confidential. For more information or to participate, call the confidential phone line: 297-7781 or toll free (866) 434-3344.


Russian babies in need

The Mission to Magadan, Russia, an outreach of the Anchorage Archdiocese is in need of baby clothes ranging from newborn to five years.

In an email to supporters Father Michael Shields, pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Magadan, asked for donors to send new clothes due to the fact that the local government is now taxing clothing up to 30 percent.

Clothing items can be sent to: Fr. Michael Shields, Box 171, Magadan, Russia 685000.

Father Shields has asked that that the total value of each donation not exceed $50 so that the parish outreach can avoid paying the high tax for clothes items.


Upcoming retreat aims to strengthen marriages in Alaska

Married couples are welcome to the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend retreat Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11 at Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage. All married couples, priests and religious are welcomed to the event.

WorldWide Marriage Encounter is an international Christian marriage enrichment program. The upcoming retreat will feature Bishop Bill Skylstad the bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Spokane.

The weekend has been updated so there will be no overnight stay required. For more information visit or contact Deacon Bill and Sherry at (907) 248-5616 or An invitational video on the event can be seen at


Youth nights at St. Benedict’s

St. Benedict Church in Anchorage hosts a youth night every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. in the upper room, above the Lumen Christi High School gym.


‘Lifeline for troubled marriages’

Those seeking help for their marriage are welcome to attend a Retrouvaille weekend. The gatherings help couples struggling to find peace and happiness in their marriages. For more information or to register for the next weekend program in Anchorage, Oct. 16-18, call 863-8000. For more information about the program, visit


Legion of Mary invites new members

The Legion of Mary is extending an open invitation to Catholics in the Anchorage Archdiocese to see how this lay organization can assist in one’s spiritual and apostolic formation. Meetings take place at the following times: Sundays at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 1 p.m.; Mondays at St. Benedict Church at 5:30 p.m. and at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral at 7 p.m.; Tuesdays at Holy Family Cathedral at 1 p.m. and St. Patrick Church at 6:15 p.m.; Wednesdays at Holy Cross Church at 9:45 a.m. Youth, ages 8-18, are invited to attend a Junior Legion meeting on Fridays at 10 a.m. at St. Benedict Church or Saturdays at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral.


Wine tasting fundraiser for Heart to Heart

A wine tasting event will be held in October in an effort to raise support for the pro-life pregnancy resource center Heart to Heart in Eagle River. The “Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Event” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7-10 p.m. at Jitters Coffeehouse in Eagle River.

Tickets are $60 each or $100 for couples and are available at Cozy Carpet Interiors by calling 694-2699. The evening will include wine tasting, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

Heart to Heart serves women and men in crisis pregnancy situations and offers free services such as pregnancy tests, baby clothing and items, maternity clothing and items, peer counseling, accurate information about fetal development and resource and referrals, including STI/STD testing. For more information about Heart to Heart, call 350-8914.


Training for parish nurses

“Foundations of faith community nursing,” is a course offered for registered nurses to advance training in parish-based nursing. Held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Soldotna, the course takes place Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 16-18. For more information, contact Tara Orley at 212-5053 or email


St. Francis Awards Dinner set for Oct. 8

The annual St. Francis Stewardship Awards Recognition Dinner, honoring Alaskans who serve the church in the spirit of Saint Francis, will take place Oct. 8 in the Lunney Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage. For more information about the upcoming event, contact Laurie Evans-Dinneen at 297-7789 or go online to:


Anchorage women become Adrian Dominicans associates

Two women from Anchorage were formally accepted as associates of the Adrian Dominican Sisters during a special ritual of at the motherhouse in Adrian, Michigan, in August.

Associates are women and men, at least 18 years, old who make a non-vowed commitment to the Adrian Dominican Sisters. While maintaining their separate lifestyle and financial independence, associates actively support and participate in the mission of the Adrian Dominicans, a congregation of about 700 vowed women religious whose roots go back to Saint Dominic in the 13th century. The sisters have a presence in 26 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and in five other nations: Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Norway and the Philippines.

Pamela Kyzer, a wife, mother of three and a nurse who, with her husband — a retired orthopedic surgeon — has provided health care services to Alaskans for years. As a volunteer parish nurse, she teaches classes on health, provides basic health care information and offers health screenings after Masses.

Upon becoming an associate, Kyzer spoke of the influence of four Adrian Dominican Sisters who had served in the Archdiocese of Anchorage over the years.

“The support they offer me is invaluable to my own spiritual growth,” she said, noting her attraction to the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and ministry.

Cindy Lentine also became an associate in August. She teaches a faith formation class and has completed a three-year scripture and leadership program.

Cindy “readily shares her gifts and talents with others, including the gift of hospitality,” said her mentor and fellow associate Barbara Block. “She also has the gift of compassion.”

Lentine noted that she has drawn inspiration from the Adrian Dominican Sisters who have served Anchorage.

“They truly loved the Gospel,” she said, adding that she also identifies with the congregation’s values. “It’s important for me to live an ethical life and speak against injustice.”

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