News & Upcoming Events across the Anchorage Archdiocese


Interdenominational Prayer service for those wounded by abortion

On Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., the 14th annual Anchorage Interdenominational Prayer Service marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade takes place at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on 9th Street and Cordova. The event marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S. Under Roe and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, abortion is legal through the ninth month of pregnancy for virtually whatever reason.

All are invited to attend the service and pray for those wounded by abortion. The gathering lasts approximately 40 minutes with refreshments served afterwards.

The prayer service is sponsored by the Alaska Knights of Columbus, with the support of Alaska Right to Life. For more information, email


Scout Sunday Mass set for Feb. 8

Scouts from Boy Scouts, Trail Life, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls are expected to be on hand for the annual Scout Sunday Mass with Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz on Feb. 8. This year’s gathering will take place with an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Michael Church in Palmer, where young scouts will received religious awards for completing objectives related to spiritual development and growth in their faith.

Religious emblems the scouts earn will be blessed with holy water before the youth are called up to receive the awards, which highlight the scouts’ commitment to grow in knowledge of their Catholic faith while fostering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and serving his church.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting sanctions the religious emblem awards for the Boy Scouts and Trail Life. Girl Scouts and other all female scouting groups are awarded through the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Such groups include Camp Fire, Bluebirds and American Heritage Girls — an explicitly Christian scouting organization. Catholic scouts do not need to be part of a Catholic parish-based troop to earn Catholic awards. For more information about the Catholic Committee on Scouting, go online to


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Lumen Christi Gala to support school

Lumen Christi High School will host its 20th annual Gala on Feb. 7. This year, for the first time, the event will take place at the school. Individual tickets are $85, family tables of eight are $600 and corporate tables are $1,000. For more information, call the school at 245-9231. Lumen Christi is a 7-12th grade Catholic school in south Anchorage.


Theology and literature at Cathedral

On Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. the Theology & Literature book club at Holy Family Cathedral will discuss “Murder in the Cathedral” by T.S. Eliot. The gathering is open to the public.


Parish health providers to discuss last rites

On Jan. 10 St. Patrick Church in Anchorage will host a gathering of parish nurses and health care workers to discuss the sacrament of anointing of the sick — also known as “last rites.” The gathering will begin with 9:30 a.m. Mass, followed by brunch and a presentation by Father Tom Brundage, a trained canon lawyer of the church and the pastor of St. Andrew Church in Eagle River. The presentation will end at noon. For more information, contact Pam Kyzer at (907) 360-9432 or Elizabeth Blair at


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 every third Monday of the month, begins at 7 p.m. and takes about 40 minutes. Booklets are provided.


Native prayer group meets in Mat-Su

A Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Native prayer group meets every second and fourth Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m.

On the second Wednesday of the month, the group meets at St. Michael Church in Palmer. On the fourth Wednesday it meets at Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla. The group is open to all. For more information, contact Ruth Stewart at 841-9560.


Dominican to lead silent retreat

Dominican Father Mark Francis Manzano will lead the annual Legion of Mary silent retreat Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Holy Spirit Center in Anchorage. The retreat is open to the public. Call Liz for information on costs and reservations at 947-8335. Space is limited to 25 attendees.


Marriage preparation offered

On Jan. 9-11, Engaged Encounter will provide marriage preparation primarily for couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church. However, couples who are not Catholic are also welcome to attend the weekend. The event provides couples with an opportunity to gain the social tools and techniques that will help their marriage succeed. For information, contact Deacon Mick Fornelli at (907) 297-7770.


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Catholic camp open this winter

St. Therese’s Camp in Wasilla remains open as a conference and retreat center throughout the year. Numerous parishes from the Anchorage Archdiocese have scheduled retreats at the camp this fall. To learn more about the camp, including costs and booking arrangements visit the website at or call (907) 232-2066.


‘Sacred Harp’ choral music for all who like to sing

Holy Cross Church in Anchorage is hosting evenings of “Sacred Harp singing” on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 7-9 p.m.

The informal gatherings are open to the public and require no formal commitments. Attendees are free to simply visit and listen or join in the unique singing style. No formal training is required to sing in the Sacred Harp tradition.

Sacred Harp choral music originated in the American South. The name refers to the human voice, and Sacred Harp singing has its roots in a distinctive American style of music first developed in the 1700s. Sacred Harp music is performed a cappella (voice only, without instruments).

For more information about the upcoming gatherings at Holy Cross Church, call the parish at 349-8388.

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