Kenai youth offer service during ‘Works of Mercy’ trip to Sitka

Under the leadership of adult parishioners and Deacon Kevin Woodvine a group of eight youth from Our Lady of the Angels Church in Kenai traveled to St. Gregory Nazianzen Church in Sitka. There the group met up with local parishioners and Father Andy Sensenig, a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Mat-Su Catholic school grows Alaska veggies for those in need

Earlier this spring, students from Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Wasilla got their hands dirty as they put into actions Pope Francis’ call for a “Year of Mercy.” The idea took shape with a phone call from Diane Krauszer, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmer. She asked if students were willing to till soil, weed a community garden and prepare it for planting vegetables to give to Mat-Su Valley residents in need.

A challenge to be neighborly

Neighborliness is obviously more complicated today than in Jesus’ time. Nonetheless, countless people still suffer mentally and physically along the roads or in the streets of our world. Is the person in Nigeria, Lebanon, Syria, New York, Chicago, South Bend or Anchorage our neighbor? It is a question that should continue to make us all flinch until we find the answer.

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