27 February 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Let me begin by asking your forgiveness and indulgence. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent out a document from the Vatican in January regarding the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. In the press of activities following my ordination I have only this week been able to review it. I am now sending it out to you to review and discuss with your parishes and communities.
Unfortunately, I must send our diocese's reflections on the Lineamenta back to the USCCB by 20 March. Thus, I must ask you to send me your comments and reflections by 13 March. I recognize two weeks is a short period to reflect and bring your thoughts to bear on the weighty questions found in the survey. I apologize for that quick turnaround. However, I thank you in advance for taking up this challenge.
The Diocese of Fairbanks is uniquee in parishioners inability to easily travel to Fairbanks. Bishop Chad Zielinski has agreed to celebrate two Chrism Masses for the Dioces of Fairbanks.
The first mass will be held in Immaculate Conception Church in Bethel, AK on Thursday, March 19th. The second mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks, AK on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 PM.
The Chancery will be closed from December 24th to January 4th. We will reopen at 8:30 am on Monday, January 5th.