Fr. Shields to give Sept. 13 mothers’ retreat in Palmer

On Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Father Michael Shields will lead a “Mothers’ Day of Healing” retreat at St. Michael Church in Palmer. The gathering, which is geared for women in all stages and phases of motherhood, will include eucharistic adoration, spiritual reflection and fellowship. Father Shields also will be available to hear confessions. Refreshments and childcare provided.

Archbishop Schwietz reflects on approaching retirement age

nation. He serves both as archbishop of Anchorage and as the temporary apostolic administrator over Fairbanks until it is assigned a new bishop by the pope. Combined Archbishop Schwietz oversees a geographic area that spans 550,000 square miles, or more than twice the size of Texas. Despite his added duties and frequent flights to small villages across Alaska, Archbishop Schwietz is now less than a year away from his 75th birthday. On July 3, 2015, he will reach the age at which all bishops must submit their resignation letter to the pope.

September happenings & upcoming events

CatholicAnchor.org Cathedral young adult group moves The Holy Family Cathedral young adult group, for ages 18 to 35, has moved its meeting site. Previously it met at the Blessed Sacrament Monastery, but gatherings — including eucharistic adoration and socials — now take place at Holy Family Cathedral on Wednesdays. Adoration is 7-8 p.m. in the…

September Community Calendar

CatholicAnchor.org Sundays 11 a.m., Mass, AK Native Medical Center Sundays, 4 p.m., Dominican Rite Mass, Holy Family Cathedral Tuesdays, 10 a.m., MOMs group, St. Andrew Tuesdays, 11 a.m., Native Kateri Circle, St. Anthony Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m., Moving & Shaking Seniors, Holy Family Cathedral Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Children’s Rosary, St. Andrew, Eagle River Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.,…

Archbishop’s September Calendar

Sept. 10, 9 a.m., Mass for start of Lumen Christi High School academic year, St. Benedict

Sept. 11, 9 a.m., Mass for start of Holy Rosary Academy academic year, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sept. 12, 9 a.m., Mass for start of Our Lady of the Valley School academic year, Sacred Heart, Wasilla

Sept. 13-14, Confirmations, St. Christopher by the Sea, Dutch Harbor/Unalaska

Catholic Anchor launches new website

The Catholic Anchor has launched a new website featuring a number of upgrades aimed at enhancing visitor navigation and interaction. The new website is compatible with all mobile devices, allowing easy access via smart phones, tablets and personal computers. Visitors will find an increased number of photos, displayed in a larger format. Additionally, readers will be able to comment on all articles, columns and editorials.

Clearing the air around legalizing marijuana

Making Sense of Bioethics A June 2014 article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), written by researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health, points out that marijuana is not the harmless drug that many imagine. Rather, it is associated with “substantial adverse effects, some of which…

The day dad picked up the ‘boogie man’

We would, after school, throw rocks on his tin roof until he would come out and yell at us. He was the boogie man of the neighborhood and we were all scared of this strange man. One day on the way to church my dad saw him alongside of the road. To my horror he stopped the car and offered him a ride.

Catholic Anchor earns seven awards at national convention

The Catholic Anchor earned seven awards for excellence in journalism at the annual competition sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA).
The awards, for work published in 2013, were announced June 20 at the annual Catholic Media Convention in Charlotte, NC.
The Anchor, now in its 15th year of operation, consistently wins in secular and religious journalism competitions. This year’s seven awards are in addition to the three awards received earlier this year at the annual Alaska Press Association.

Partnership offers online Catholic faith formation for Alaskans

Alaskans have a new opportunity for adult faith formation via the internet as the state’s Catholic dioceses enter a partnership with The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) at the University of Dayton. Deacon Mick Fornelli has worked with the University of Dayton on the project, which offers adult religious education and faith formation online anytime and anywhere.

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