Statement from Bishop Chad Zielinki on October Respect Life Month

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I’ve spent the past few weeks traveling through Alaska. In the words of the Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, our state is truly “charged with the grandeur of God.” As we take in the beauty so present in Alaska, we should recognize that it all flows from our Creator, who calls us to safeguard, steward, and share what He has created with each other.

In Laudato Si (“Praise Be to You”), Pope Francis proclaims that every human person is part of God’s created order and that we’re called to live out an integral ecology that includes respect for the human person and responsible stewardship of our common earthly home. This began when our first parents were gifted withcreation and it continues today when God makes sacred each human life at conception. Just like our natural world, which proclaims the glory of God, every cell in a growing child reflects the image and likeness ofGod, and is charged with beauty anxious to enter our world to announce His presence.

Read more: Statement from Bishop Chad Zielinki on October Respect Life Month

Continuing the Journey Retreat

Continuing The JOURNEY
Sr. Karen Martin, OSB, a Benedictine Sister, and Peggy Frank, OPA, an Associate
of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Order of Preachers, will facilitate the
Voices of Hope Prayer Group on Tuesday, 9/19, and an
Evening of Reflection on Thursday, 9/21,
both at Sacred Heart Cathedral from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Additionally, they will present a Retreat, entitled "Continuing the Journey"
at Raven Landing, Saturday, 9/23, from 9am to 3pm. All are invited to share in this
Journey! Lunch will be available for $15. Continue with us and as we celebrate at
the 4:30 pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, followed by a
shared meal and fellowship in the social hall.

Sr. Karen Martin, OSB
Peggy Frank, OPA
Sr. Karen and Peggy are both former parishioners of SHC. Sr. Karen served in music ministry
as our pianist and Peggy as cantor. Peggy also led the Voices of Hope Prayer group.


File: ContinuingtheJourney.pdf

Alaska Catholic Bishops Speak out on the Administrations DACA Decision

We, the Catholic bishops of Alaska, remain united in heart and mind with our brother bishops across this nation in condemning the Administration’s decision today to suspend DACA. At the same time, we stand in strong solidarity with the 800,000 people and their families who have been protected under this provision, and who have called this their country for the primary part of their lives. We as a nation are better than this, and Congress must now act to correct this inhumane disrespect of our brothers and sisters in the one family of God.

Read more: Alaska Catholic Bishops Speak out on the Administrations DACA Decision

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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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

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. 

Read more: Fairbanks Catholic Family Conference 2018

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

24 April 20172010sep30 Fairbanks Fr Marek-Szczur

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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