Finding light and beauty in trying times

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.”– Anne Frank Right now, this quote speaks to me. As I am writing, we are amid a pandemic. When this article is published, I don’t know if we will be past this pandemic, or if we will be at its worst…

A shared faith can bring us together

CatholicAnchor.org On April Fool’s Day, a friend discovered empty toilet paper rolls in her bathrooms, the cardboard tubes covered with the words “Ha, Ha, Ha.” She searched for the precious paper while trying to maintain a sense of humor. After all, little kids held hostage to a virus need some fun. As I write this,…

Evangelization during times of pandemic

CatholicAnchor.org It is inspiring that so many Catholics are rising to the occasion created by the Coronavirus. Many are using creative techniques for the work of evangelization and ministry, which continue amidst the pandemic. Staying in place, self-quarantining, and social distancing have become real, everyday practices for many of us, but they don’t mean we…

The God of hope

CatholicAnchor.org Let us have a spiritual conversation about hope. What is hope? Where do we find it? What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life. We need to live hope now more than ever. With all the trials we have been through and the trials that are ahead, hope…

Special Urbi et Orbi blessing from Pope Francis March 27th

Join Pope Francis on Friday, March 27 for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing live from St. Peter’s Square. The prayer and blessing will be broadcast on the Vatican News website (https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html) at 6pm Rome time, 9 a.m. Alaska Time. The Holy Father will grant to all participants who participate in the livestream a Plenary…

Catholic schools share their Lenten traditions

CatholicAnchor.org In our parishes and homes, we partake in Lenten traditions that help us prepare for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection at Easter. The Catholic Anchor asked our Catholic schools to share their Lenten traditions they foster to help students at all grade levels observe this liturgical season. St. Mary’s On Ash Wednesday, students gather…

Catechumen to be baptized at Easter shares her journey to the Catholic faith

CatholicAnchor.org Melanie San Angelo was moved to tears as she stood with fellow catechumens at Saint Patrick parish on Sunday, March 1, to begin the last leg of her path to full communion with the Catholic Church. At the Rite of Sending in the east Anchorage parish, her hands shook slightly as she promised to…

Alaska priests and bishops gather for fraternity, formation

By Father Leo Walsh CatholicAnchor.org From its humble beginnings as a gathering of priests from the Archdiocese of Anchorage at St. Bernard’s Parish in Talkeetna, the annual Statewide Priests’ Convocation has grown into a unique opportunity for prayer, priestly fraternity, and continuing education for the priests of Alaska. Each year, the priests and the bishops…

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