The following announcements include news briefs and notices of upcoming events around the Archdiocese of Anchorage
Anchorage students observe the National Day of Prayer
Lumen Christi High School students in Anchorage discussed avenues for peace in today’s world in the wake of U.S. bishops’ designated “National Day of Prayer for Peace” on Sept. 9. Students adorned the school hallways with prayers, poetry, posters, articles, artwork and songs examining peace in the world. Eighth grader Parker Klem, junior Kaare Helgesen and senior Chiamaka Lebechi were the respective winners of a school-wide poetry contest and will donate their cash awards to local organizations that work to foster peace.
Art competitions for 7-12 graders
Registration is open for the 2017 Scholastic Art competition. The entry deadline — including uploaded images, forms and payments — is Dec. 24, at 7:59 p.m. Students in grades 7-12 attending public, private or home schools are encouraged to enter their work in one of 16 art and 10 writing categories. Registration is free. Teachers and students will establish registration accounts at artandwriting.org. For more information or to register for the competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abortion outreach offers healing
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.
Pro-life training in Anchorage
Anchorage’s Community Pregnancy Center is hosting a training session, “Making Life Disciples,” Monday Nov. 4 from 6-9 p.m. The training will equip women and men with the proper “compassion and guidance to those making a pregnancy decision.” For more information or to register, go to cpcanchorage.com/life-disciples or call Sheri Schmitz at (907) 337-9292.
Natural Family Planning class starts on Nov. 14
A ‘Marquette Method’ Natural Family Planning class will be led by Dr. Sarah Heinemann starting on Nov. 14 from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments and all course materials will be provided. Couples are encouraged to attend together, and childcare may be offered as it is needed. Cost is $50 per couple, scholarships available. For more information or to register, email email@example.com.
Winter youth retreat at Catholic camp
Registration is open for “Glory Bound,” a three-day retreat for middle school youth (grades 6-8) at St. Therese Camp in the Mat-Su Valley. The Dec. 28-30 retreat will include Mass, confession, adoration and a host of winter activities. Early registration is $89 (before Dec. 1) and $95 otherwise. To register, visit stthereseak.com and click on the event site at the top of the page. For more information, call Camp Director Rudy Poglitsh at (907) 232-2066.
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.
State told to pay Planned Parenthood-led coalition nearly $1 million
The State of Alaska will pay nearly $1 million after losing a lawsuit in which the Alaska Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved parental notification law. The law required that at least one parent be notified before an abortion could be performed on a minor girl.
The Alaska Dispatch reported that the state has been told to pay $995,000 to cover the legal fees of the successful Planned Parenthood-led effort to overturn the 2010 law. The payment, however, is contingent on the Alaska Legislature allocating the money in the next state budget.
The Alaska Supreme Court struck down the law in July, ruling that parental notification before an abortion violated the state Constitution’s equal protection guarantee since similar notification requirements are not necessary if a minor chooses to keep her unborn baby.
Alaska law requires the state to pay reasonable legal costs to the victors of a constitutional claim.