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Clare House to host ribbon cutting and art unveiling at new facility for Alaska’s homeless women and children

A painting by Pat Gillin depicts the new facility, which is being renovated for Clare House. — Submitted image

A painting by Pat Gillin depicts the new facility, which was renovated for Clare House. — Submitted image

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Catholic Social Services is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Clare House facility on Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4110 Spenard Road.

“Our new Clare House location has been open for six weeks and has already served 43 homeless families in crisis, Susan Bomalaski, Catholic Social Services’ executive director, said in a press release.

Clare House is decorated with works from three Alaska artists thanks to a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. Evon Zerbetz created a piece for the children’s play area in the community room, Sara Tabbert made an original piece for the lobby area, and Julie Matthews created a mosaic for the donor recognition wall. Additionally, there will be stained glass pieces of St. Clare and St. Monica commissioned by a donor and created by Alaska artist Dru Malone.

The Clare House program was established in 1983 and is a 24-hour emergency shelter for women with children and expectant mothers. Program participants are provided with basic needs for their families that include food, clothing, and safe shelter for up to 30 days. Longer stays of up to two years are available for women interested in participating in the Clare House “progressive housing” program.

Case managers are available to work with families to help them secure permanent housing. During the past year, 430 individuals utilized 15,167 bed nights at Clare House.

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Third Korean priest arrives in Alaska for life-long mission

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Father Neri

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Yet another priest from Korea has arrived in Anchorage to embark on what is expected to be a life-long mission to serve the people of Alaska.

Newly ordained Father Neri Shin, 32, landed in Anchorage in July and is currently stationed at St. Benedict Church in Anchorage. He joins fellow Korean missionary priests Father Andrew Lee and Father Francis Lee who arrived in Alaska late last year.

The three priests are members of the Korean Missionary Society. Much like Maryknoll Missioners who operate out of the U.S., they leave their native land to evangelize the underserved, who in Alaska may include people in rural communities that are often off the road system and without resident priests. more…

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AK Superior Court judge inspired by St. Thomas More

Alaska Superior Court Judge Anna M. Moran speaks to Catholic lawyers and politicians during a recent celebration of the life of Saint Thomas More in Anchorage. — Photo by Mario Bird

Alaska Superior Court Judge Anna M. Moran speaks to Catholic lawyers and politicians during a recent celebration of the life of Saint Thomas More in Anchorage. — Photo by Mario Bird

 Annual Red Mass highlights interplay of faith & secular law

By MARIO BIRD

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Preaching on the Gospel account of the poor man Lazarus, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz asked Alaskan lawyers, judges and politicians to remember the poor at the annual Red Mass, celebrated Sept. 29 at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage.

“Jesus recognized the dignity of each person,” Archbishop Schwietz said, “and we need to recognize the poor and the needy as a gift given by God.”

The Red Mass is celebrated in Catholic dioceses throughout the country for the opening of the fall court term, a tradition dating to the 13th century. Concelebrating with Archbishop Schwietz was Anchorage Archbishop-Emeritus Francis Hurley.

On the Vigil of Pentecost, May 18, Pope Francis made international headlines when he emphasized the need to “touch the flesh of Christ” by interacting with the poor. “When you give alms, do you look the person in the eye? Do you touch the hand of the person you are giving them to, or do you toss the coin at him or her?”

In his homily, Archbishop Schwietz echoed Pope Francis’ message with a personal story.

“Recently I came to our office on Cordova Street, and I saw a person sleeping against the office,” he said. “But I did not find out his name or his personal struggles. This happens to us without thinking.”

But this is the importance of the Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man, Archbishop Schwietz said. “Jesus is reminding us that each person is deeply loved by the God who made him.” more…

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PAPAL ROUNDUP: women, authentic prayer, the devil, St. Francis, being open to God

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 Editor’s note: Below is a condensed roundup of news reports on recent papal homilies and talks on topics such as: The reality of the devil; the special role of women in the church and society; how to pray authentically; why the church is Catholic; following the path of Saint Francis; and allowing God to change our well laid plans. more…

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‘The Girl Got Up’

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 Anchorage woman challenges Catholics to assist those suffering from domestic violence

Editor’s note: The following text was adapted from an Oct. 23 talk by Bonnie Cler, director of faith formation at St. Anthony Church in Anchorage and the director of Catholic Relief Services for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. Cler shared this reflection during a prayer vigil at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Anchorage. The gathering was a joint effort with St. Anthony Church in which the two parishes joined other faith communities around Anchorage in holding prayer vigils to address the problem of domestic violence in Alaska.

By BONNIE CLER

Good Evening, everyone. I would like to give you some background of why I am doing this reflection tonight and why I developed this reflection around this text from the Gospel of St. Mark and the title of the book, “The Girl Got Up.”

While working with the Anchorage Archdiocese’s Director of Safe Environment Jenny Michaelson to invite the different choirs from St. Anthony’s parish to participate in this prayer service, Jenny invited St. Anthony’s pastor Father Fred Bugarin to proclaim the Gospel reading and to do the reflection about shedding light on domestic abuse. Father Fred, being Father Fred, accepted the invitation to read the Gospel but insisted that I do the reflection for a couple of reasons, one of which is because he knew that, if experience earned you a degree, I would have a PhD in domestic abuse — not by the study of it but by the experience of it. You might say I’ve had 20 years of being steeped in involuntary research. more…

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TONIGHT: Anchorage prayer vigil to address widespread domestic violence in Alaska

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Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz is encouraging area Catholics to participate in an Oct. 23 inter-faith prayer vigil that aims to “spread the message of hope, awareness and compassion to all regarding the problem of domestic violence in our families and communities.”

The one-hour vigil, which begins at 6:15 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Anchorage, comes on the heels of a new report that reveals widespread domestic violence across most of Alaska.

A three-year survey conducted by the Justice Center at the University of Alaska, Anchorage reveals that one in two Alaskan women has suffered from domestic or sexual violence. The Alaska Victimization Survey looked at 11 separate communities within the state and found that for one in three women, the violence is sexual.

Archbishop Schwietz, who will not be able to attend to prayer vigil due to commitments in Fairbanks during the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference, sent a letter to all archdiocesan leaders urging them to promote and participate in the upcoming prayer vigil if possible.

Archbishop Schwietz also thanked Our Lady of Guadalupe Church for hosting the gathering and St. Anthony Church for helping to organize it.

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Mat-Su parish to host early All Saints party

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St. Michael Church in Palmer is hosting an early All Saints celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26, in which children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite saint.

Hosted by the Knights of Columbus at St. Michael’s, the family event will include games, a chili cook-off contest and a baked potato feast “with all the fixings.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a chili recipe to share. There will be prizes given for the best costumes and chili recipes.

Across the world, Catholics mark the Solemnity of All Saints on Friday, Oct. 1. It is a day when Catholics traditionally honor the faithful departed with a litany of the saints at Mass. All Saints is a holy day of obligation for all Catholics.

For more information about the upcoming celebration at St. Michael’s, call the parish at (907) 745-3229.

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The truth of how religious parents brainwash their kids

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Priest sues Obama Admin: No Mass allowed on Naval base, church locked

BY JOHN-HENRY WESTEN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (LifeSiteNews.com) — A Catholic priest in Georgia has filed a lawsuit after he was barred from even volunteering to offer Mass at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

Father Ray Leonard, who is contracted to serve as base chaplain, and Fred Naylor, one of Father Leonard’s parishioners and a retired veteran with over 22 years of service, launched the suit Monday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Priests have been prohibited from offering Mass at military bases in the wake of the government shutdown, despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act. more…

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ObamaCare enrolls unborn babies, then pays to abort them

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Don Young

 Alaska Rep. Don Young not listed among 94 sponsors of House bill aimed at exposing abortion funding

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration is hoping to offset the cost of ObamaCare’s massive expansion of insurance coverage by enrolling enough healthy people in their mid-20s – but it’s willing to sign up people who are much younger.

At least two health care exchanges specifically ask those attempting to sign up for health insurance coverage if they have any “unborn children.”

Access Health CT, Connecticut’s official health insurance exchange website, asks visitors if anyone in the home is pregnant. “Unborn children are counted as members of her household, so this information helps determine if she is eligible for help with health care costs,” the website says. “Medicaid also has rules to help pregnant women.” more…

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