News & Upcoming Events


Below are news briefs and upcoming events from across the Anchorage Archdiocese.

Annual Friar’s Fest set for downtown cathedral Aug. 13

Saturday, Aug. 13, will be a festive day at Holy Family Cathedral as parishioners and guests celebrate the 5th Annual Friars’ Fest in the parish courtyard.

This year’s festival will mark the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order, of special significance to the cathedral which has been staffed by Dominican friars for the past four decades. The festival runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to all visitors and passersby.

Numerous parishioners participate in planning and executing the festival which includes international food booths, daylong entertainment, items for sale, balloons, raffles, split the pot and various games for attendees of all ages. There will also be a Dominican photo booth along with various tables and booths.

Cathedral parishioners of Filipino, Polish and Spanish decent will offer homemade national foods during the event. The Filipino booth will serve chicken and pork adobo, rice noodles, rice and egg rolls. Polish parishioners plan to serve up their annually popular cream cheese stuffed crepes with fruit or jam on the top and a Polish stew made with sauerkraut, cabbage, onions and lots of meats including sausage and bacon. Chicken and ribs will be on the grill at the Knights of Columbus barbecue. Additionally there will be lemonade, popcorn, hot dogs and desserts.

Catholic presence at Alaska State Fair

St. Michael Church in Palmer invites all Alaska State Fair visitors to stop by the parish-run eatery, Slippery Gulch. It is located in the blue metal building with white trim on the Green Trail near the mid-way and the Rat Race booth. Slippery Gulch has been at the State Fair for 51 years and is run entirely by volunteers. Parishioners serve burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, grilled ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chili, homemade soups, hot and cold drinks, desserts and the Slippery Gulch’s famous homemade pies. Indoor seating is provided for comfort. Those looking for spiritual nourishment are welcome to attend the Saturday night Mass at “The Gulch” both Saturday evenings of the Fair beginning at 10:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 745-3229. The fair runs Aug. 25 through Sept. 5. Proceeds from the Slippery Gulch go to back to the parish and its ministries.

Shelter in need of clothing

The Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage is in need of new and gently used clothing such as pants, shirts, underwear and other clothing items of any size. Donations can be dropped off at 1021 E. 3rd Avenue in Anchorage.

Abortion outreach offers a healing approach

Project Rachel is a confidential support group for post-abortive women and others who have been impacted by abortion. The group meets in Anchorage. The ministry of the Archdiocese of Anchorage helps those from all faith backgrounds who may be suffering from the emotional trauma of abortion. The group is free and open to the public with the aim of fostering healing, peace and reconciliation with the Lord. For more information, call the group’s confidential phone line at 297-7781 or toll-free (866) 434-3344.

Openings remain at Mat-Su Catholic school

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Wasilla has openings in 7th & 8th grade only. There is a waiting list for grades pre-kindergarten through 6th. For more information, contact the school at 376-0883 or email

‘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.

Native prayer group meets Thursdays

At St. Anthony Church in Anchorage the Native Kateri Circle meets every Thursday at 11 a.m. for prayer, faith formation and a potluck. For more information, call 337-2583.

Mass celebrated at Native hospital

Every Sunday at 11 a.m., Mass is celebrated at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage for patients and families. Masses are celebrated in Conference Room 2, near the cafeteria.

Marriage Encounter weekend nears

On Aug. 26-28, Worldwide Marriage Encounter will host its “Explore, Rediscover and Connect!” weekend at St. Therese’s Camp in the Mat-Su Valley. Those interested in attending are urged to reserve tent, RV space or cabins at Saint Therese’s Camp. The weekend is for “joy-filled priests and married couples who want to ensure their sacrament of marriage or holy orders remains a top priority,” states a notice from the group. To watch a video about the event or to apply for the weekend, visit

Patriotic rosary at St. Benedict

A patriotic rosary is prayed at St. Benedict Church in Anchorage with a special intention for the United States. According to organizers, the gatherings focus on prayers for peace, an end to abortion, strengthening families and building strong foundations of faith in younger generations. The rosary, which takes place twice each month, on the first and third Mondays, begins at 6 p.m. and takes about 40 minutes. Booklets are provided.

Morning Masses at Providence

Our Lady of Providence Chapel at Providence Alaska Medical Center offers daily Mass at 11:30 a.m. Additionally, an earlier Mass is celebrated at 6:15 a.m. on Sundays.

Images of eight American saints set for co-cathedral

On August 14, eight paintings of American saints will be blessed and permanently installed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage. The paintings by Mary Ann Swalling will be blessed by Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz at the 9 a.m. Mass.

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  1. August 2016 @ 7:31 pm Fr Kermit Syren, LC

    I thank God for His incredible gift of the priesthood! The Alaskan community from which my vocation sprang has always been and will always be in the heart of my priestly ministry. God bless you all!

    In Christ and His Beautiful Mother,

    Kermit Syren, LC


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