Announcement: Priest Transfer & Reassignment

14 August 2017
To: Diocese of Fairbanks
Subject: Transfer of Fr. Frederick Bayler to Diocese of Dallas
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I received a letter from Fr. Frederick Bayler requesting to be transferred to a diocese in his home state of Texas to be closer to his son and grandchildren. Bishop Edward Burns, Bishop of Dallas, has agreed to assign Fr. Fred to a parish within his diocese. This announcement was made at the weekend Masses, 12-13 August, at the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Holy Mary of Guadalupe and St. Theresa. Fr. Fred will report to the Diocese of Dallas on 1 October 2017, therefore, his last Sunday in your parish will be 17 September 2017. I am most thankful to Fr. Fred for his eight years of dedicated ministry to our mission work in Northern Alaska, and the Diocese of Fairbanks.

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Statement by Bishop Zielinski on Families Fully Alive Conference

9 August 2017

My Dear Sons and Daughters in Christ:

    With great joy, I share this first pastoral letter about the upcoming diocesan conference, “Families Fully Alive,” which will take place February 2018 in Fairbanks.            

    It is a warm summer evening and I am sitting in my office reflecting on the two and a half years since I was called to be your bishop. Many emotions are running through my heart. Deep within me echo the words of Saint Augustine, when he became a bishop: “With you, I am a Christian; for you, I am a bishop.”[1]

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Fatima Pilgrim Statue Events in Fairbanks

July 30 

12:30 PM:  2 ½+ mile procession from Immaculate Conception Church to Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop offers a few words to bless the procession.

 Between 2:15 PM and 2:45 PM: Assemble on Cathedral Grounds at the Monument to the Unborn – Pray the Rosary up until 3:00 PM

3:00 - 400 PM:  Enter the Church. Holy Hour led by Bishop Chad Zielinski

4:00 - 4:20 PM: Talk By statue custodian, Patrick Sabat

4:25 - 4:45: Worship and Praise

4:45: Free will offering   

4:50 - 5:00 PM: Marian Consecration 

5:00 - 6:00 PM: Private/silent veneration

Day 1 Events end prior to the 6:30 PM Evening Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral

July 31 (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM)

Rosary:  8:00 AM – After Mass

              12:30 PM – Led by Carmelites

              5:30 PM – Led by Legion of Mary

              7:30 PM – Led by Catholic Daughters

August 1 (8:00 AM – Noon)

Rosary: 8:00 AM followed by private/silent veneration

Job Opening: Maintenance

The Diocese of Fairbanks is looking to hire a maintenance person to perform building maintenance at Peger Road campus which includes:  Sacred Heart Cathedral, Chancery, Frassati House, St. Ignatius Residence, warehouse and aircraft hangar.  Minimum qualifications:  Experience in a variety of building maintenance and/or construction projects, with at least 5 years’ experience.  Experience in boiler maintenance, plumbing, electrical, heating controls, carpentry and painting is highly desirable.  Ability to operate and maintain heavy equipment for use in maintaining grounds and buildings.  Interested individuals should submit a resume to .  Anticipated start date of September 25, 2017.  Full job description available by contacting   We look forward to hearing from you!

BREAKING NEWS: Pope Francis Names New Bishop for Diocese of Juneau

11 July 2017

Bishop Elect Andrew
Bellisario Diocese of Juneau
Street #300
Juneau, AK  99801

Dear Bishop Elect Andrew Bellisario & the Faithful of the Diocese of Juneau,

It is with great joy that we share in the good news of the Holy Father's announcement of the appointment of Fr. Andrew Bellisario as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau.  The Diocese of Juneau is abundantly blessed with a great man of God who truly serves with a missionary spirit and a heart of Christ the Good Shepherd.

Bishop Elect Bellisario, your varied ministerial experience as a Vincentian Missionary is a wonderful preparation for your future labors in the Diocese of Juneau.  As you continue to live the spirituality of the Vincentians, may the words from the International Rule of the Mission of the Congregation [Vincentians] always be in your heart and mind: "grow more perfect in love by expressing compassionate and tender love to the poor and one another (Par 2.2)."

Please be most assured of my prayers and those of the entire Diocese of Fairbanks as you prepare for Episcopal Ordination.  Thanks for your "yes" to Christ and His Church in the Diocese of Juneau.  You will receive countless blessings in your service to the good people of God in Juneau.

Sincerely in Christ,

†Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski
Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska
Diocese of Fairbanks


File: Bishop-Elect_Bellisario_Andrew_Diocese_of_Juneau.pdf

Fairbanks Catholic Family Conference 2018

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You are invited to join the Fairbanks Catholic Family Conference 2018, Families Fully Alive, sponsored by the Diocese of Fairbanks. It will be held February 9-11, 2018 at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks.  The theme of this conference is Strengthening Marriages and Families. This conference will engage family members of all ages to help foster and encourage Christ-centered families through a weekend long Vacation Bible School for children and nationally renowned speakers for teens and adults. 

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Pastoral Concerns Regarding “13 Reasons Why”

TO: Pastors, religious, deacons, administrators, parishioners and parents of the Diocese of Fairbanks

FROM: Fr. Robert Fath, Director of Faith and Family Formation

DATE: 3 May 2017

SUBJECT: Pastoral Concerns Regarding “13 Reasons Why”

A few days ago a concerned parent in the Fairbanks area forwarded an email from the FNSB School District encouraging parents to be aware of a new series on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why.” The show is rated MA, for mature audiences only. I had heard about the series in passing, but until receiving this email I thought little about it. Since then, though, I have taken the opportunity to watch the first episode and feel compelled to urge extreme caution and draw awareness to the themes presented in this increasingly popular show among our young people. I have only watched one episode and was left very disturbed and concerned by it and am reticent to continue watching. These hesitations seem to be confirmed by mental health professionals, clergy, and concerned teachers, parents and youth ministers who have watched the show in its entirety.

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Rev. Marek Szczur transferring to Diocese of Wilmingtion

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To:  Diocese of Fairbanks

Subject:  Transfer of Fr. Marek Szczur to Diocese of Wilmington

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I received a letter from Bishop Krzysztof Nitkiewicz that Fr. Marek Szczur requested to transfer to the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware.  Fr. Szczur is a priest of the Diocese of Sandomierz, Poland and through the generosity of his bishop; he has served in the Diocese of Fairbanks for eight years.  I am most thankful to Fr. Marek for his years of dedicated ministry to our mission work in Northern Alaska, and grateful to his bishop for this support.

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Bishop Chad Zielinski Easter Message 2017

10 April 2017

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Greetings of peace of the Risen Christ to all!

"The Risen Christ," that phrase that comes so easily to our lips this season is worth reflecting on. If we aren't startled and awed by it, we are not paying attention.

Consider the women who appear in Matthew's Gospel28: 1-10. That's the gospel, or "Good News" proclaimed from the
ambo on Easter. During the first day of the week the two women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, are the ftrst to reach the tomb and receive the news of the Risen Christ. It's not just anyone who tells them. It is an angel who counsels them, "Do not be afraid." The angel then sends them to share the great news. Matthew tells us they were "fearful yet oveljoyed." If it were me, I'm sure I would be petrified. I don't think I would be ftt to talk, let alone share the glad tidings.

Read more: Bishop Chad Zielinski Easter Message 2017

Holy Week Schedule in Fairbanks Area

April 13th – 16th

Sacred Heart Cathedral – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday - 7pm Mass with Adoration
Good Friday - 7pm
Easter Vigil Saturday - 8pm
Easter Sunday - 8am, 11am and 1pm (in Spanish)

St. Raphael’s – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday - 7pm Mas with Adoration ending at midnight
Good Friday - 7pm Stations of the Cross
Easter Vigi - Saturday 7pm Service
Easter Sunda - 9:30am & 11:3am Mass

Immaculate Conception – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday - 7pm Mass with Adoration ending at midnight
Good Friday - 12noon Stations of the Cross & 7pm Service
Easter Vigil Saturday - 9pm Mass
Easter Sunday - 8am & 10am Masses

St. Mark’s – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday Last Supper - 5pm at 517 Copper Lane Chapel
Good Friday - 5pm Stations of the Cross
No Easter Vigil Service (Saturday)
Easter Sunday - 5:30pm Mass

St. Nicholas – North Pole, AK
Holy Thursday - 7 PM-Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration and confession until midnight
Good Friday - 3 PM-Stations of the Cross
7 PM - Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross
Easter Vigil Saturday - 8 P
Easter Sunday - 9 AM & Noon