When children are young we rightly strive to guard their innocence and form a kind of protective sphere where they are somewhat insulated from the harshness and vulgarities of the larger culture. This period, however, is fleeting — the bubble will eventually burst and our children must face the difficulties of the world.
Catholic schools opened last month in Anchorage, Wasilla and Kodiak, where the schools are still accepting incoming students. The following is a short introduction to each school.
In an effort to better understand the challenges and aspirations of Alaska’s young adult Catholics, Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne recently spent an evening in prayer and conversation with more than 30 people, ages 18-35, at St. Patrick Church in Anchorage.
Alaskans once again turned out in impressive numbers to financially support young men training to become priests for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. The second annual Seminarian Night dinner fundraiser took place Aug. 10 at Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage. More than 175 attendees donated tens of thousands of dollars.
Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne has called on Alaska’s Catholics to assist victims affected by Hurricane Harvey. Joining fellow bishops from across the nation, Archbishop Etienne asked area parishes hold a special collection in September.
It’s been 52 years and counting that St. Michael Church in Palmer has operated its Slippery Gulch eatery at the Alaska State Fair (Aug. 24 to Sept 4). The blue metal building with white trim is located on the Green Trail, near the midway and the Rate Race booth, Slippery Gulch is run entirely by parish volunteers to raise money for the church and its outreaches.
Our closest friends have seen our virtues and our warts, our acts of kindness and our petty pride. Hang out with someone long enough and you notice the fruits of their life. In these cases, it is not enough to think of evangelization as reacquainting a once Christian culture with the long-forgotten Gospel.
The world-famous international Pilgrim Virgin Statue is just landed in Anchorage for a July 26-30 stop as part of a two-year U.S. tour for peace.
Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne wants to spend some time listening to young adults from Alaska as they ponder questions being asked by the Vatican about the state of Catholic youth. All young adults ages 18 – 35 are invited to the July 31 event.