Online Resources to Practice Catholic Faith During Coronavirus

The following is a list of online and local resources to support your Catholic faith during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Radio
KNOM at 780 AM & 96.1 FM for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region (Broadcast Schedule https://www.knom.org/wp/schedule/)
KQHE at 92.7 FM for Fairbanks Area (Broadcast Schedule https://www.kqhe.org/)

Online
Catholic TV - Daily Mass https://www.watchthemass.com/
Catholic Extension – Sunday Catholic Mass Online at https://www.facebook.com/saintdominicpc/
EWTN https://www.ewtn.com/tv/shows/sunday-mass-live
St. Gertrude the Great Church - Traditional Latin Mass http://www.sgg.org/for-newcomers/mass-streaming/

The Magnificat is free online right now for the homebound.
English Version https://us.magnificat.net/free
Spanish Version https://es.magnificat.net/gratis

Daily Readings
For USCCB Daily Readings visit http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/index.cfm
For USCCB Daily Readings - Audio http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm

Other Resources:
The Diocese of Diocese of Saint Petersburg has a great list of resources for Families and Individuals at: https://www.dosp.org/coronavirus/

Coronavirus Update, Suspension of Mass and Public Gatherings

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

17 March 2020

Coronavirus Update, Suspension of Mass and Public Gatherings

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Yesterday, I was on a phone conference with the governor’s office and faith leaders around the state related to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic. Doctor Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, predicts significant spreading of the virus over the next several weeks in the state. She acknowledged the moral conflict that significant social changes to combat the virus pose, especially for faith communities. This is a serious situation that requires our community as a whole to make significant changes to minimize the threat.

It is with this in mind that, effective March 18, the public celebration of Mass and other parish activities is suspended until April 3, at which time we will re-evaluate the situation. This includes all public liturgies, Masses, Benediction, Stations of the Cross, communal penance services, faith formation classes, and other types of communal church activities.

While I am taking the extraordinary step of dispensing Catholics from their Sunday/Holy Day obligation to Mass, it is important to remember that we are still expected to “keep holy the Sabbath.” The faithful are reminded that while we may not gather together for the Sacrifice of the Mass, individuals and families should pray the readings of the day and offer a spiritual communion asking for the grace to receive Christ with humility as did our Blessed Mother, Mary. We will be working on a way to stream the private celebration of Mass via our diocesan website and other social media outlets.

I realize that the inability to attend Mass is an enormous sacrifice. For our communities that have the benefit of regular celebration of the Mass and other Sacraments, this offers an opportunity for us to be spiritually united with our brothers and sisters in remote communities throughout the diocese and the world who go weeks or months without the benefit of the Sacraments. This should create within all of us a holy longing to receive our Lord and Savior in the Eucharist and a renewed reverence for Christ physically present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Parishes are encouraged to open their church buildings for individual prayer while maintaining social distancing and other precautionary measures that health officials have recommended to minimize the threat.

This is a difficult decision for me to make, but I believe it is important for the health and safety of our communities. Every Mass I offer during this crisis will include a specific intention for the health and well-being of you and your families and an end to this pandemic. Please join me in this prayer intention. May our hunger for the Eucharist and the other Sacraments be a source of grace for us.

Sincerely in Christ,

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

File: Coronavirus_Update_Suspension_of_Mass_and_Public_Gatherings_17_March_2020.pdf

Lenten Message from Bishop Chad Zielinski

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

4 March 2020

Lenten Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Lent is about returning to the basics. Yes, the three traditional pillars of Lent that we heard in the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday: prayer, fasting and almsgiving, very much help us get reconnected to the basics of our faith. Pope Francis, in his Lenten message this year, invites us to return to the basic message of our faith: the Paschal Mystery as the basis of conversion. He wrote:

“Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus. This kerygma sums up the mystery of a love “so real, so true, so concrete, that it invites us to a relationship of openness and fruitful dialogue” (Christus Vivit, 117). Whoever believes this message rejects the lie that our life is ours to do with as we will. Rather, life is born of the love of God our Father, from his desire to grant us life in abundance (cf. Jn 10:10).”

Read more: Lenten Message from Bishop Chad Zielinski

Suspension of the Precious Blood at Mass

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

28 February 2020

Temporary Suspension of the reception of the Precious Blood at Communion

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As a precautionary measure and for the health and safety of all due to the spread of the coronavirus, I am temporarily suspending the reception of the Precious Blood at Communion. Today, 28 February, the Committee for Divine Worship at the USCCB circulated a memo entitled “Liturgical Celebrations and Public Health Concerns.” The advice given to the bishops of the United States is similar to that which was given during the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

Read more: Suspension of the Precious Blood at Mass

Bishop Chad Zielinski's Christmas Message 2019

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

18 December 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Merry Christmas! Remarkably, our faith captures the imagination even of secular society at this time of year and provokes a desire to reach toward something bigger and contribute to the common good.

Once in seminary, I headed out to shop for Christmas gifts. As I neared the ATM (not everyone had a credit card back then), I saw a long line of people. Ahead of me was a young man with chains on his clothing. It was the “punk rock” era and his hair was shaved on the sides, spiked on top, and sported several colors. I mentally sized him up, thinking that his appearance reflected nothing of the Christmas spirit.

Read more: Bishop Chad Zielinski's Christmas Message 2019

Announcement: Diocese of Fairbanks transfer to Congregation for Bishops

13 November 2019

Announcement to the Diocese of Fairbanks of status transfer from

Congregation of Evangelization of the Peoples to Congregation for Bishops

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

I have blessed news! On November 11, Pope Francis announced that the Diocese of Fairbanks will transfer from the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples (CEP) to the Congregation for Bishops. The CEP coordinates the Church’s initial missionary work around the world and supports dioceses with few resources to serve their small numbers of Catholics. This is an important milestone for our diocese because it reflects that the faith is now sufficiently established in northern Alaska to carry out our mission without financial help from the Holy See.

The Church in Alaska has a unique history. Thirty years after Jesuit missionaries brought Catholicism to the region in the late 1800s, the Vatican declared Alaska an Apostolic Vicariate--the first stage in the organization of a diocese. Initially, the entire state was considered a mission field and fell under the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, which became the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP) after Vatican II. By 1966, however, Alaska had been split into the Archdiocese of Anchorage, the Diocese of Juneau, and the Diocese of Fairbanks. Around then, many missionary dioceses in the lower 48 states exited the CEP, leaving the Diocese of Fairbanks the only mission diocese in the United States.

Read more: Announcement: Diocese of Fairbanks transfer to Congregation for Bishops

The Catholic Roots of Higher Education

The following homily was delivered by Bishop Chad Zielinski on September 10, 2019 at a Gold Mass at St. Mark Catholic Church, located at the University of Fairbanks, Alaska.

As a high school student in the 1970s, I would watch a weekly TV series called “Paper Chase.” The storyline took place at a law school, and was about the interaction of students and professors. John Houseman, a British-American actor, played Professor Kingsfield. On the first day of Contract Law, Professor Kingsfield would begin class with his straightforward British wisdom, “You have come here with a skull full of mush and you will leave thinking like a lawyer.” As a young man, I was interested in law, and thought there was hope that I, too, might one day be transformed into a thinking lawyer.

Read more: The Catholic Roots of Higher Education