VIDEO: Christianity cures a deadly disease

In a talk given Aug. 28 at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River, Father Michael Shields explains why Christianity is really the cure for a deadly disease — a virus that all humanity suffers from.

Archbishop’s October calendar

Here is a list of some of the events and liturgies which Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz is scheduled to attend this month.

TONIGHT: Abp. Schwietz to speak on his future retirement

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Theology and Brew in Anchorage will host a public presentation by Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz. The talk will address the future of the archdiocese as Archbishop Schwietz is now less than 10 months from turning 75, the mandatory age at which all bishops must submit their resignation papers to the pope.

Providence sister marks 75 years of religious life Long time servant to Alaska, Sister of Providence Claire Gagnon, marked her 75th year as a religious sister earlier this summer. Sister Gagnon was the longest-serving Sister of Providence at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where she worked for 28 years. She retired in 2003. A Frontiersman article from that year noted that…

Anchorage Red Mass set for attorneys, politicians

The annual Red Mass takes place on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage. Held annually in many American cities, the Red Mass is a special Mass at which the Catholic Church prays for all who practice law, especially asking the Holy Spirit’s guidance for attorneys, judges and politicians. Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz and Juneau Bishop Edward Burns will concelebrate the Mass.

I don’t believe in divorce but I was getting one

At this time last year, I had tucked away in my dresser an 88-page divorce decree that narrated my descent into alcoholism, loss of myself, fear of my husband and the absolute death blow to marriage: infidelity. With the divorce, I was ready to write the last chapter of the story of our family. Though I created the story, I mourned and resented every word written down; for I am Catholic, and Catholics do not believe in divorce.

Sharing our faith without being awkward

When you meet someone, be your most authentic self. As a friendship develops do these very simple things. Let people know you are a Catholic Christian (in a natural, unforced way). Ask friends about their faith — and just listen. Listen to your friend’s problems — maybe offer to pray for them. Share your problems with them — testify to how your faith helps you. Give them a book to read on the spiritual life. Share your story of faith in an authentic way. Answer objections to Christianity and questions that might come up.

Encountering Christ — not 30 ft away

I like my job. But truth be known, I have just spent the last hour and some odd minutes in the presence of Christ. Not figuratively. For real. Right there, not 30 feet away. I have just come from adoration, where I have knelt and prayed and felt the welling of emotions: glad for the gift of Eucharist, tearful and intimidated by Christ’s Passion, yet elated by what that means. Giddy that my faith grows with each visit, but mostly I feel an overwhelming internal warmth in the privilege of spending time in silence with him.

LETTER TO EDITOR: Alaska senators ignore Catholic teaching

It saddened my heart to read that Alaska’s U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, both baptized Catholics, voted for a failed measure that would have forced employers to follow the federal HHS mandate requiring them to provide, as part of employee health insurance policies, contraception, sterilization and abortion inducing drugs, regardless of the employer’s…

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