February 21: Day of Prayer and Adoration

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All are invited and encouraged to sit in Adoration on Thursday, February 21st during the hours of 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Cathedral. This day of Adoration will take place during “The protection of minors in the Church” Meeting, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019 and our extended Adoration will be held only on the first day. 

The February Meeting will see Presidents of Bishops’ Conference from all over the world coming together. The Meeting will include plenary sessions, working groups, moments of common prayer, listening to testimonies, a penitential liturgy, and a final Eucharistic celebration. Pope Francis will be present for the entire duration of the Meeting.

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Prophets for Life

“Prophets for Life"

The following is a homily delivered by Bishop Chad Zielinski at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday, February 3, 2019. He invites all Catholics in our diocese to embrace a call to be “prophets for life” in these challenging times.

Today the first reading is from the Prophet Jeremiah. What is a prophet? A prophet is a messenger called and sent by God to communicate His will to the people. Prophets knew God’s will and they had the responsibility of calling Israel back to a life-giving, covenantal relationship with God when she wandered from it through sin.

Last Sunday, the first reading was from the Prophet Nehemiah. We heard Ezra the priest reading from the scroll, the law, and the people were weeping. They realized they had wandered away from God’s law through sin. Nehemiah saw their repentant hearts and announced an end to their weeping and instructed them to rejoice in God.

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Job Opening: Accounting Technician

The Diocese of Fairbanks is seeking an Accounting Technician for 30 hours a week.  This position will be responsible for supporting the Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Fairbanks by providing accounting support in multiple areas.  Primary duties are Accounts Payable, including the receipt and accountability of all recurring and non-recurring invoices for the diocese, credit card invoices, and check runs.  In addition, this position would be responsible for direct parish support.  Applicant must be proficient in QuickBooks in order to facilitate the set up and running of each parish.  This position is benefits eligible.  The Accounts Payable position performs all duties and responsibilities in alignment with the mission, vision and values of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks.  Position will remain open until filled.  Interested individuals should submit a resume to humanresources@cbna.org.

9 Days for Life Novena

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Today, January 14 is the beginning of a Prayer Novena for Life.  We are 9 days from January 22, which marks 46 years since the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America.  Since that date, it is estimated that over 60 million unborn children have been killed.  This is a most terrible tragedy that does not honor the sacred dignity of the human person from conception to natural death. The Catholic Church must continue to be emphatic in declaring the sacredness of life and defending it especially when a child is defenseless in his/her mother’s womb. 

Please include respect for all life in your prayer petitions.  See the attached link from the USCCB website offering several ideas for parish bulletins.  Also, I have attached a copy of a Novena for Life. 

Please include a link to Project Rachel Alaska—https://projectrachelalaska.com/.  A confidential support ministry for healing after abortion.

Thanks for what all of you do to promote the dignity and sacredness of each person created in the image   and likeness of God.

†Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski           

 File: 20190114-9-Days-for-Life-Novena-1.14.19.pdf

Novena: 9-DAYS-FOR-LIFE.pdf

Additional Resources:  http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/resources/january-22-day-of-prayer-leader-resources.cfm     

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage.cfm                                

The Heroic Ministry of Two Jesuit Priests: 100 Years Ago, the Spanish Flu In Nome

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One hundred years ago the Seward Peninsula was struck by the infamous Spanish Flu. Two Jesuit priests, Frs. Bellarmine Lafortune, S.J., and Frederick Ruppert, S.J., witnessed firsthand the devastating effects. It was estimated that one-third of the world’s population became infected with the virus and at least 50 million died worldwide. Of the 1,113 influenza deaths in Alaska between 1918-1919, 820 deaths were in the Seward Peninsula as the first wave of the pandemic hit the area in November 1918. The two priests were in the center of the hardest affected area of Alaska and were desperate to care for the sick and dying.One hundred years ago the Seward Peninsula was struck by the infamous Spanish Flu. Two Jesuit priests, Frs. Bellarmine Lafortune, S.J., and Frederick Ruppert, S.J., witnessed firsthand the devastating effects. It was estimated that one-third of the world’s population became infected with the virus and at least 50 million died worldwide. Of the 1,113 influenza deaths in Alaska between 1918-1919, 820 deaths were in the Seward Peninsula as the first wave of the pandemic hit the area in November 1918. The two priests were in the center of the hardest affected area of Alaska and were desperate to care for the sick and dying.

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God’s Great Gift of the Eucharist

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“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” (1 Cor 11:23-25)

The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways, she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Mt. 28:20) But in the Holy Eucharist, through changing the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. (CCC 1374) The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways, she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Mt. 28:20) But in the Holy Eucharist, through changing the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. (CCC 1374) 

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Message from Pope Francis on World Day of Peace

Message of the Holy Father

Good politics at the service of peace

1. “Peace be to this house!”
In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you” (Lk 10:5-6).

Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history.[1] The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us and which we are called to care for and cultivate.

So let this be my greeting at the beginning of the New Year: “Peace be to this house!”

2. The challenge of good politics

Peace is like the hope which the poet Charles Péguy celebrated.[2] It is like a delicate flower struggling to blossom on the stony ground of violence. We know that the thirst for power at any price leads to abuses and injustice. Politics is an essential means of building human community and institutions, but when political life is not seen as a form of service to society as a whole, it can become a means of oppression, marginalization and even destruction.
Jesus tells us that, “if anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mk 9:35). In the words of Pope Paul VI, “to take politics seriously at its different levels – local, regional, national and worldwide – is to affirm the duty of each individual to acknowledge the reality and value of the freedom offered him to work at one and the same time for the good of the city, the nation and all mankind”.[3]
Political office and political responsibility thus constantly challenge those called to the service of their country to make every effort to protect those who live there and to create the conditions for a worthy and just future. If exercised with basic respect for the life, freedom and dignity of persons, political life can indeed become an outstanding form of charity.

Read more: Message from Pope Francis on World Day of Peace

First Friday/First Saturday All Night Eucharistic Adoration

Immaculate Conception is having their monthly First Friday Devotion with Mass at 5:30 PM on Nov. 30 and all night adoration till 7:00 AM with Mass following. The Knights of Columbus will recite the Patriotic Rosary at 6:00 AM and confessions will be offered. Please sign up to spend time with our Lord in meditation this Nov 30 - Dec 1. To sign up go to: www.volunteersignup.org/9LFYC  

Statement for the Closing of the USCCB Meeting

 MEMORANDUM

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His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston-Houston President

 

Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, S.T.L.
Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, S.T.D. Linda D. Hunt, M.S.
General Secretary Anthony R. Picarello, Esq.
Associate General Secretaries

To: All Bishops
From: Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary
Date: November 15, 2018
Subject: Statement of His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President, for the Closing of the November 2018 Plenary

Your Eminence / Your Excellency,

I take this opportunity to convey to you the text of the statement of His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President, issued at the closing of the November 2018 Plenary Assembly. This statement follows below.

Thank you for your kind attention to this memorandum.

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