News & Upcoming Events


The following news items and upcoming events are from the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.

Morning Masses at Providence

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

Gaming tourney to aid 2019 World Youth Day pilgrims

A gaming convention is in the works to help raise funds for youth from St. Benedict Church in Anchorage to attend the 2019 World Youth Day gathering with the pope in Panama. The AK Battle Brothers Miniature Hobby & Gaming Convention takes place Oct. 8-9 at Lumen Christi High School and is scheduled to include a wide variety of games and sponsored events. For tickets and information go online to and click on “AK Battle Brothers 2016.” Information is also available on the group’s Facebook page at AK Battle Brothers.

Annual Red Mass postponed

Do to scheduling conflicts the annual Red Mass has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25 in Anchorage. Updated information will be published when available.


Food pantry is running low

Due to a shortage at one of its regular suppliers, St. Francis House Food Pantry is in critical need of shelf stable foods — canned goods, pastas and non-perishable foods. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Francis House Food Pantry at Catholic Social Services (3710 E 20th Ave., 99508).

Homeless shelter needs volunteers

The Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage is in need of volunteers. With the increase in guests and people staying on the shelter campus, the shelter needs people to do crossword puzzles with a group or host a movie night. To find out more and get involved, email or call 222-7335.

Shelter needs clothing

Brother Francis Shelter is in need of donated clothing for its clients. Needed items include pants, shirts, underwear and other clothing items of any size. Donations can be dropped off at 1021 E. 3rd Ave. in Anchorage.

Clare House shelter in need of items

The Clare House shelter for women and children is in need of the following items: twin size waterproof zippered mattress protectors, pillows, bath towels, liquid detergent, toilet paper, diapers size 4-6, and socks. Donations can be dropped at 4110 Spenard Road or ordered at

Help for troubled marriages

The Married Singles Lifestyle describes couples that have drifted apart and are living more like roommates than a married couple. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vii) teaches couples how to overcome times like these in their marriage. This program has helped tens of thousands of couples suffering difficulty at all levels of marital distress. For more information or to register for the next program beginning with a weekend on October 21-23, call 907-863-8000 or visit the website at

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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 through Sept. 5. Proceeds from the Slippery Gulch go to back to the parish and its ministries.

Abortion outreach 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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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