Why are we members of the Body of Christ — the church?

Particularly concerning were parishioners who were leaving not only our parish, but were leaving the Catholic faith. On the occasion that I had the opportunity to speak with people who were making this transition, I heard things like: “I’m not being fed here.” or “I’m not getting anything out of the Mass.” Such comments tend to betray a skewed perspective on why we are members of the church and why we attend Mass in the first place.

Alaska bishops highlight dignity, sanctity of human life as key to moral teachings

Alaska’s bishops released a pastoral letter affirming that all Catholic moral teachings stem from the foundational belief in the dignity and sanctity of every human life. From this flows the church’s affirmation of marriage as between one man and one woman, the rational for religious freedom, the role of chastity in human relationships, and the church’s teaching on human sexuality.

Archbishop Etienne asks for help in discerning mission of Anchorage Archdiocese

The goal of the parish-based events is to foster a “a formal process of discerning and defining our mission as the local church of the Archdiocese of Anchorage,” Archbishop Etienne wrote Feb. 22 on his blog. “First and foremost, I invite all of you to please pray during this time that we may be sensitive and alert to where the Holy Spirit is leading us, and that we may humbly follow and boldly accomplish what God is asking of us.”

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