Questions about the upcoming WYD?
In less than 16 months, a group of Alaskans will head to Kraków, Poland with millions of youth from around the world for the World Youth Day gathering with Pope Francis. Those interested in attending the July 25 to Aug. 1, 2016 gathering can learn more about the trip at an informational meeting on April 19, 3 p.m., at St. Benedict Church (in the Youth Center) in Anchorage. For more about the informational meeting, contact Theresa Austin or Bob McMorrow at ACYConference@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner to benefit Mat-Su 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.
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 email@example.com.
Reenactment of Saint Catherine of Siena
As part of Holy Family Cathedral’s ongoing 100th anniversary events this year, the cathedral is offering a one-night-only reenactment of the life of Saint Catherine of Siena by Adrian Dominican Sister Nancy Murray, the sister of Hollywood actor Bill Murray.
The April 18 show starts with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by a 7:30 p.m. live performance, which includes the use of simple props as Sister Murray portrays Saint Catherine as the colorful and enthusiastic person that she was.
All are welcome to this all-ages event. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the cathedral at 276-3455 or visit holyfamilycathedral.org. Tickets can also be purchased at St. Paul’s Corner bookstore by calling 646-3070.
$500 essay contest open for 8th graders
The Court St. Pius X #1866 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas is offering their annual $500 scholarship competition for students in 8th grade in public or private schools. This year’s essays, titled “Just Be a Blessing,” should discuss the virtues and qualities needed during high school to be a blessing to others. Application forms must be submitted with essays. To receive an application or request more information, contact the CDA Scholarship Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (907) 230-4726. Applications and essays must be postmarked by April 15 and sent to CDA Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 243953, Anchorage, Alaska 99524-3953. The winning essay will be submitted to the national Catholic Daughters of the Americas for another possible $500 award. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
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, email ACYConference@gmail.com.
Raffle to boost new outdoor program for boys
Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage is chartering Trail Life Troop 251. Trail Life USA is a national Christ-centered, outdoor, character development, adventure program open to boys and young men aged 5–17. The group’s core values are: “Purity, Service, Stewardship and Integrity.” Trail Life troops learn outdoor and survival skills while hiking, camping, rock climbing and having fun with dads. As a new organization, Troop 251 is conducting a raffle this spring to help needy families as well as to provide high adventure activities for members. The raffle grand prize is a 2015 CFMOTO CFORCE 500 HO EPS ATV from Marita Sea & Ski. Other prizes are $500 and $350. Tickets cost $20 each and only 2,000 tickets are to be sold.
Tickets can be purchased at Holy Family Cathedral on Sunday, April 19, when Trail Life Trailmen will be serving breakfast along with the Knights of Columbus after morning masses. Tickets can also be purchased from any member of Trail Life Troop 251 between now and July 10 or by contacting Troop Master Chris Kinney at 350-2307.
Sacred music concert April 19
Saint Andrew Catholic Church is presenting its 2nd Annual Sacred Music Concert featuring local musicians. The concert will benefit the parish’s debt reduction fund. The concert takes place Sunday, April 19, 4 p.m., at St. Andrew’s in Eagle River. Tickets and more information can be found at aksaintandrews.org.
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.
Palmer priest’s 25th anniversary
Father Jaime Mencias, who currently serves at St. Michael Church in Palmer, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Friday, April 24. St. Michael’s will have a two day celebration and all are invited. A daily Mass will take place on Friday, April 24, at 12:10 p.m. followed by a simple reception in the social hall at St. Michael’s. After the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 25, there will a dinner reception in the social hall at St. Michael Parish in Palmer. For those who need more information, including local clergy who wish to concelebrate at either Mass, contact Mike McCarthy at email@example.com or text him at 907-227-3187.
Marriage retreat in Spanish
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is offering a three-day retreat weekend in Spanish, May 1-3, at Holy Spirit Center in Anchorage. Space is limited for the event which aims to strengthen and inspire couples in living out their marriage. For more information, contact Gustavo at (907) 360-3618 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Cristina Azpilcueta at (907) 903-6297 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Seekers’ explore tough questions of Catholicism
The ongoing 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.
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.
Theology & lit. club to discuss St. Augustine’s ‘Confessions’
On April 16 at 7 p.m. the Theology & Literature book club at Holy Family Cathedral will discuss Saint Augustine’s classic work “Confessions.” The monthly gathering is open to the public.