Upcoming holiday events across Anchorage Archdiocese

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The public is invited to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School’s Christmas show & brunch on Dec. 17. The event will begin immediately following the 9 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla.


‘Blue Christmas’ service for those in mourning

On Monday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., St. Andrew Church in Eagle River will hold its annual “Blue Christmas Service” for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. According to organizers, the gathering will include prayers, Scripture readings and hymns “that help us to know that God’s presence is for those who mourn, and God’s word comes to give light to our darkness.” The event is open to the public.

A notice for the event states that “Christmas is a time for memories and remembering. For some, the memories are of their loved ones who have died, and the pain of their loss is real. For others the memories are of happier times than we know now … For these and other reasons we need a special time to be together to receive the words of hope that speak to us in the midst of sorrow.

A small reception will follow the service. For more information, contact Deacon Jim Lee at 317-2636 or deacnlee@ mtaonline.net.


Students to present Advent ‘Festival of Lessons & Carols’

Students at Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage will perform their annual Advent concert, “Festival of Lessons & Carols,” on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage. The concert will run 7-9 p.m. and will include a mixture of Advent hymns and Scriptural readings with performances by students in grades K-12, including the new Upper School Bell Choir.

Lessons and carols concerts traditionally recall the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the expected birth of Jesus in nine short Scripture readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels. The readings are interspersed with carols and hymns.

For more information about the upcoming concert, call Holy Rosary Academy at 274-5822.


Christmas show set for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Anchorage is holding its annual Christmas performance on Dec. 15, 7 p.m., in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The public is welcome to attend.


Holiday retreat at St. Therese’s Camp

All 11 to 14-year-olds are invited to a winter retreat at St. Therese’s Camp in the Mat-Su. Glory Bound is a winter retreat that provides an opportunity to take time during the holiday season to reconnect with faith and the camp community. The summer 2015 staff will return to St. Therese’s to lead three days full of recreational activities including sledding, skating on the lake, snowball fights, music, decorating Christmas cookies and much more. The camp will also have Mass, confession, adoration, cabin talks and a variety of spiritually focused sessions. First time campers are welcome. The upcoming camp takes place Sunday to Tuesday, Dec. 27-29. The cost is $89 before Dec. 20 and $95 after Dec. 20. To register, visit stthereseak.com and click on the “Glory Bound” link.


‘Cookies by the Pound’ in Kodiak

St. Mary Church in Kodiak will hold its annual Christmas bazaar featuring “Cookies by the Pound,” a benefit fundraiser for the parish-based school. The bazaar takes place at St. Mary’s School on Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 486-3513 or send an email to mstjohn@smskodiak.org.


Cathedral’s Saint Nicholas party

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Holy Family Cathedral will celebrate its St. Nicholas Party in the parish hall beginning at 10 a.m. The event will include stories, crafts and breakfast. Saint Nicholas will also make an appearance. During the gathering, toy donations will be collected for local children in need. To RSVP, contact Kim Fasser at fasserk@msn.com or 903-9784.


Women’s Advent reflection

On Dec. 10 the Martha & Mary Women’s Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Anchorage will present a talk entitled “Heart of Mary,” by Debi Wickler. The presentation takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch will be served.


Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Spanish Community at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage will have a Mass in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 9 a.m. Dominican Father Mark Francis Manzano will celebrate the Mass, which is open to all.

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  1. December 2015 @ 6:03 pm Kathy Prentki

    Also please join us Friday December 4th at 7pm for our 9th annual Advent benefit concert. St. Patrick (2111 Muldoon Road). Proceeds benefit Catholic Social Services’ Clare House. $7/person or$20/family of 3 or more. Our choirs and local musicians present an evening of Advent music, poems and reflections to help you prepare for the coming of Jesus.


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