Only ‘brave-hearted faith’ can endure amid great trials

CatholicAnchor.org This has weighed heavy on me for a number of years as I look at the church: Our faith is too fragile and based too much on feelings. Feelings are sand. Faith in God’s promises is built on the rock. There are two versions of Christianity in the world today. There is the Christianity…

Deacon and wife honored for long-lasting marriage

CatholicAnchor.org Deacon Bill and Sharon Frost were recently honored as the “longest married couple” in Alaska by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, an apostolate which seeks to strengthen families. Marriage Encounter puts on special weekend retreats to help couples strengthen their love and deepen their relationship. It is open to couples of any religion and also non-believers….

We are a people of great hope

CatholicAnchor.org I had never heard of Alfred Delp until I read an entry on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, in one of the Ignation sites I visit daily. Ignationspirituality.com ran a piece about Delp because 75 years before, on that feast day, he was scheduled to profess his final vows in…

Thank you for helping Alaska’s most vulnerable this summer

CatholicAnchor.org It is autumn in Alaska and perhaps we’re now past the tumultuous spring and summer of 2019. It was tumultuous in many ways. There was extreme weather in the form of heat, natural disasters, fires and frustration from an extended period without a finalized state budget. It was a roller coaster of changes in…

Bush pilot priest: ‘At times it can be dangerous’

CatholicAnchor.org By FR. SCOTT GARRETT The St. Paul Mission, based in Dillingham, is located in the Western part of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. It incorporates the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. With some 33,000 square miles, it is a little larger than South Carolina or Maine. We named it after Saint Paul because his writings challenge…

BISHOP’S SCHEDULE: Highlights for Juneau & Anchorage

CatholicAnchor.org Editor’s Note: The following is a list of events and liturgies Bishop Andrew Bellisario, C.M. will participate in during the month of September Sept. 5: Anchorage – 6 p.m., Bishop’s Holy Hour followed by Benediction at 7 p.m., Holy Family Cathedral Sept. 8: Juneau – 11 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of the Nativity of…

Looking Out the Window

CatholicAnchor.org On Care for Our Common Home Just about every year, our parents took my sister and me on an annual road trip from Los Angeles to upstate New York to visit our family. Travel in the ‘50s and ‘60s was mostly on the old Route 66 and other state and U.S. highways, eventually transitioning…

Catholic schools address hearts, minds and souls of Alaska youth

CatholicAnchor.org As school bells ring across Southcentral Alaska, some 500 students will have a uniquely Catholic school experience. Enrolled as students in the five Catholic schools operating within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, these students will sit in classrooms displaying a crucifix, pray together, attend school Masses, and be reminded each day of…

Filipino priest cherishes adventure of ministering to people of Alaska

CatholicAnchor.org Father Vincent Blanco, known affectionately as “Father Vince,” has been the pastor of St. Anthony Church in Anchorage for the past four years. His kindness and zeal for the faith is accented through a vibrant sense of humor. “I’m the youngest of 12 children,” he said. “I have six sisters and five brothers, and…

Catholic singer-songwriter to present in Anchorage

John Paul Von Arx, Catholic man and country music singer and songwriter, is coming to Anchorage for two events. Arx spent his summer playing at Country Thunder Wisconsin and several Steubenville Conferences for youth. He has also been part of the Catholic band “The Thirsting.”

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