Youth scouting programs have a long history in the United States. The most well known are the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. But newer groups like the American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA are on the rise in recent years.
“These mini-retreats have young women still in high school all the way up to our seniors of the parish. It is great to see them all come together to better themselves and enjoy the community we have created.”
Speaking to Catholic school students, parents and educators, Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne said the primary purpose for attending a Catholic school is to be formed as a person of deep faith.
Across the Archdiocese of Anchorage, plans are afoot for parish-based craft fairs and carnivals — activities that make the looming dark days a bit brighter.
The Archdiocese of Anchorage is encouraging local Catholics to submit comments and questions related to the church’s response to abuse cases.
In Anchorage, the ecumenical prayer vigil is once again taking place in front of Planned Parenthood, where abortions are performed at 4001 East Lake Otis Parkway. Vigil participants gather peacefully in the public right of way near the clinic.
In an effort to strengthen and update the pastoral policies defining appropriate behavior in situations of “pastoral support, spiritual direction and other forms of ministry,” the Anchorage Archdiocese has released a revised version of its Pastoral Policies.
Father Michael Shields will speak in Anchorage on Thursday, Oct. 4, to address the topic of the current crisis in the church and what lay Catholics can do to help purify and strengthen a wounded church.