November News & Events


Mass to remember departed loved ones

The Ministry of Bereavement at St. Patrick Church in Anchorage has again organized the annual Mass of Remembrance for anyone who has lost a loved one.

The Dec. 1 Mass begins at 7 p.m. and includes solemn music along with an accompanying candle-lighting service in an effort to provide a “prayerful environment to honor and memorialize the dearly departed.”

St. Patrick pastor Father Scott Medlock will celebrate the Mass, which will be followed by a short reception in the church gathering area.

St. Patrick Church is located at 2111 Muldoon Road.

For more information, call Caroline Millar at 333-4016.

All Saints party at the cathedral

On Nov. 1 at 6:45 p.m. Holy Family Cathedral will host its annual All Saints party, which will include dress up for children with Father Anthony Patalano guessing the saint and handing out candy. There will be party games for children. For more information, call Theresa Bird at 330-9827.

All Saints party in Palmer

St. Michael Church in Palmer will observe All Saints Day on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with an “Evening with the Saints” celebration in the parish hall. The “fun filled family event” invites attendees to dress as their favorite saint. Dinner will include a chili cook-off and baked potato bar. For more information, call the parish at 745-3229.

Fundraiser for Catholic grade school

Saturday, Nov. 8, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton hosts its annual auction fund-raiser dinner at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for seats and tables are available, as is advertising space in the dinner booklet. The school is also seeking donations of new items, basket items and artwork for the auction. Donations can be dropped off at the school or picked up at the donor’s home. For more information, to reserve space, purchase a booklet ad, or to make other donations to the Catholic school, call 345-2327 or email

Sister Mary Faith dies

Sister Mary Faith Lautz, died on Oct. 1 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 96. She was buried in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

In the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Sister Lautz served as administrator at Holy Spirit Retreat House, pastoral associate at St. Elizabeth Seton, assistant in Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, and as parish associate and religious coordinator for Holy Cross Church. She was an elementary and secondary school educator and administrator in Milwaukee; Chicago; Phoenix; Wichita, Kan.; Fairbanks, Alaska; Kansas City, Mo.; and San Jose, Calif. She served as administrator of the Roberta Kuhn Center, Dubuque.

Born in Dickinson, N. D., in 1917, she graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Milwaukee and entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1935. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1943.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at

Cathedral preps for 100th anniversary in 2015

A committee at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage is gathering photos and stories to compile a timeline for the centennial celebration of the church. The cathedral is looking for submissions of stories and photos including weddings, baptisms and special events. All submissions should include names and dates of events. For more information, go to Facebook and look up “Holy Family Cathedral Centennial Celebration 2015.” New photos are being posted each week on Facebook to see if followers can guess the name(s) and date. Email Father Augustine Hilander at to share stories and photos.

Catholic schools honored at state soccer tourney

Lumen Christi High School and Holy Rosary Academy both participated in the State Coed Soccer Regional Finals in Palmer Oct.10-12. The event is sponsored by the Alaska School Activity Association (ASAA) and other teams that participated include Su-Valley High School, Tri-Valley High School, Nenana High School, Delta High School, Cook Inlet Academy and Wasilla Lake Christian School. Lumen Christi finished third in the tournament and Holy Rosary took home the sportsmanship trophy.

Lumen Student Selected by National Merit Scholarship Program

John Harmon, principal of Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage, announced last month that senior Katherine Brown has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were presented to Katherine for her academic achievement.

National Merit Commended Students represent the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Principal Harmon praised Katherine for achieving such a prestigious accolade. “Katherine is an exemplary Lumen student and we congratulate her on this outstanding accomplishment.”

“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Lumen Christi Catholic High School is the largest Catholic high school in Anchorage with students coming from as far away as Argentina, Columbia, Germany and Taiwan. The school is fully accredited and integrates high academic standards with traditional Catholic teachings.

Catholic summer camp open for winter events, bookings

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 reservations, 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.

Theology and literature at Holy Family Cathedral

On Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. the Theology & Literature book club at Holy Family Cathedral will discuss “Joan of Arc” by Mark Twain. The gathering is open to the public.

Eastern church to celebrate liturgy at cathedral

Father Michael Sidon, the priest of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage, will celebrate the Byzantine liturgy on Nov. 12 at Holy Family Cathedral.

The liturgy will begin at 12:10 p.m. and takes place on the Feast of Saint Josaphat, a 16th century Eastern Rite bishop who died trying to bring part of the Orthodox Church into union with Rome. The liturgy will be for the intention of unity within the church.

Christmas album to support student scholarships

Local Catholic music group Trinity has released a new Christmas album to raise money for the Deacon Ken Donohue Scholarship Fund at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Anchorage.

Trinity’s first Christmas album is titled “A Winter’s Night” and includes 12 songs featuring the season’s best-loved hymns, spiritual favorites and three new songs.

The song, “I Am Yours,” was written by the trio in memory of a homily given by Deacon Ken Donohue who passed away in 2011. A portion of all album proceeds will go to support the Deacon Ken Donohue Memorial Scholarship Fund which is distributed on a needs basis by the principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School to make a Catholic education possible to students who because of family finances would otherwise not be able to attend Catholic school.

CDs of the new album will be available for $10 each at Vine & Branches Christian Bookshoppe, St. Paul’s Corner and online at iTunes and For more information, go online to

Young adults gather to pray and socialize

The Holy Family Cathedral young adult group, for ages 18 to 35, meets each Wednesday for a gathering that includes eucharistic adoration and a social time. Adoration goes from 7-8 p.m. at the side chapel inside the cathedral, followed by a social in the church basement. Participants are free to bring snacks to share. For more information, email or find the group on Facebook at “HFC Young Adults.”

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 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.

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