Opening ourselves to others to see the good of humanity

CatholicAnchor.org It is the month of Thanksgiving, and to all of you who are a part of our Catholic Social Services family, we wish you the best and most wonderful holiday. This holiday I wanted to share with you some of the warmest and best stories celebrating family and Thanksgiving that I know. These stories…

Parishes celebrate with Christmas bazaar fundraisers

CatholicAnchor.org The holiday bazaar season is in full swing, with churches, schools and community organizations hosting a variety of events. Darker nights and colder days bring many folks indoors to indulge in creative pursuits and plan for the upcoming holiday season. Bazaars and other events bring folks together to share their talents, their time and…

Creating a safe and secure faith community for the powerless

CatholicAnchor.org As the leaves turn and the temperatures slowly fall, we prepare for all that comes with the changing season. During this time of year, besides raking leaves and storing flowerpots, I recently attended a candidate forum. One of the less controversial questions asked of the candidates at this forum was to name their favorite…

Let’s help the woman, not just the child

CatholicAnchor.org For over 28 years, I have been actively helping women choose not to abort their child and assisting women to heal if they make a tragic choice. I have been enriched by these women and have such admiration for so many. The situation they found themselves in was usually difficult. I could deeply empathize…

Archdiocese gives thanks for its blessings during annual awards banquet

CatholicAnchor.org The Archdiocese of Anchorage celebrated 18 incredible stewards at the seventeenth annual St. Francis Stewardship Awards Banquet on October 3 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. The St. Francis Awards recognize those who give themselves in service to our church and the larger community. This dinner is one of the few times that the…

Growing old with peace

CatholicAnchor.org The elderly lady was perched high in the stylist’s chair. A large mirror echoed back to her that day’s trim and curl on her thinning white hair. Pretending to be absorbed in a worn copy of a beauty shop gossip magazine, I listened in as, in a booming voice, which probably indicated hearing loss,…

National collection supports local organizations

CatholicAnchor.org The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, or CCHD, is a special second collection held in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Anchorage on November 16-17, 2019. “25% of the national collection stays local and supports local groups in training those marginalized groups living in poverty to find their own voice and to speak out on…

News and Notes

CatholicAnchor.org St. Francis Awards BanquetThe 2019 St. Francis Stewardship Awards Banquet will be held in Anchorage on Oct. 3. The annual event recognizes those dedicated individuals and groups throughout the Archdiocese of Anchorage who serve generously in support of the work of the church in their parishes. The banquet takes place at Our Lady of…

BISHOPS SCHEDULE: Highlights for Juneau and Anchorage

October 1:  Juneau – 5:00 p.m.  Alaska Bishops to celebrate Mass for the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux at the National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux October 3:  Anchorage – 6:00 p.m. St. Francis Awards and Dinner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish October 7:  Anchorage – 6:00 p.m. Bishop’s Holy Hour at…

What can modern day miracles teach us?

CatholicAnchor.org Franco Caldarola is my father-in-law’s first cousin, part of the tribe that never left Italy. Over the years, the family has stayed close, visiting and entertaining each other on both sides of the Atlantic. So, one day when we were in Rome this year, Franco and his wife Franca picked us up for a…

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