Reflecting the Good News of Christ

Archbishop Paul Etienne

One Bread One Body Annual Appeal Video

This weekend we kickoff another Archdiocesan Annual Appeal; One Bread One Body. I wish to thank all who participated in this last year’s One Bread One Body Appeal, as it was one of the most successful appeals in recent history, with nearly every parish reaching their goal! Congratulations! This year, we are particularly pleased to offer a video to help promote our appeal.  I invite you to please take time to watch this short video (below) in order to better understand why it is important to support the work and ministries of the broader, archdiocesan […]

Risen Christ Continually Encountered In Sacramental Life Of The Church

Happy Easter! I hope and pray your Lenten journey was fruitful and your Easter celebration is one of even greater appreciation for the love of God who sent his only Son into the world and for Jesus Christ who coming into the world took on our human condition, walked among us, preached and healed, laid down his life on the cross and rose from the dead for our salvation. Salvation, what a precious gift! Eternal life, what a precious hope for those of us who believe in the Risen Christ! I do not know about […]

Easter Homily; The Resurrection Is For Life

Our Lenten journey is over, and we have faithfully observed the Sacred Passion of our Lord. Tonight, we celebrate the culmination of the Paschal Mystery in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. No matter what effort we put forth during this Lenten Season, we surely learned a few things about our self as well as about Jesus. Every Lent we come face to face with our shortcomings, most especially with those realities that prevent us from growing in holiness, and keep us from relying more upon Jesus than self. We all have our inner demons, those […]

Good Friday: Sin Disfigures The Body Of Christ

Today, we have accompanied Christ in his passion and death.  We watched as he was unjustly condemned, rejected and beaten, suffered and was crucified.  He was ridiculed and mocked for our sins and for our salvation. Has his suffering captivated us? After he died, his side was pierced by a sword, and from his open side poured fourth blood for our redemption; water for our cleansing. Jesus was taken down from the cross , placed in the arms of his mother, taken to the tomb by his friends, and grieved by the world. What have […]

Holy Thursday Homily; Marked With The Blood Of The Lamb

Our first reading tonight gives not only historical perspective for this night, but reminds us specifically of the history of salvation; the saving work of God on behalf of his people. The Book of Exodus (12:1-8, 11-14) recalls how God heard the cry of the people Israel, held captive as slaves in Egypt for so many years. After sending Moses as his servant to speak and perform signs on his behalf, one final act is necessary to convince Pharaoh to let the people go. God sent the angel of death to destroy the first born […]

Chrism Mass: The Priority of Christ; Christ’s Priorities

Chrism Mass Homily Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral March 21, 2018 There are fundamental realities of the church that we celebrate tonight; The priority of Christ in his Church, and the life of Christ at work in the Church through the bishop, priests, and all those who are members of the Church through baptism. Here is what the Roman Pontifical says about the significance of the Chrism Mass: (please listen closely, as this will be a long quote.) The Bishop is to be looked on as the High Priest of his flock. The life in Christ of […]

New Church Document Renews Focus On Christ And Salvation

Today, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fatih released a document entitled Placuit Deo, On Certain Aspects of Christian Salvation.  The focus is on the gift of Salvation that is ours through Jesus Christ.  Likewise, the document draws attention to some of the errors in today’s concept of the human person as well as certain concepts of Christian Salvation that can be difficult for people to properly understand. The document seeks to correct two modern ways of thinking, which are called a ‘neo-pelagianism’ which is an extreme individualism which believes each person is capable […]

How Good Is The Lord To Us!

Several years ago, while I was still a pastor of a parish, I felt that some parishioners were beginning to treat their religion as one more item to be consumed. Their consumer practices and attitudes were corrupting their understanding of what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ, the Church. Particularly concerning where parishioners who were leaving not only our parish, but were leaving the Catholic faith. On the occasion that I had the opportunity to speak with people who were making this transition, I heard things like: “I’m not being […]

Listening Sessions Are Underway: Come Help Us Discern Our Future

With fifteen months now under my belt, I’m excited to begin a series of listening sessions as we begin a formal process of discerning and defining our Mission as the local church of the Archdiocese of Anchorage.  We held the first session last week at Sacred Heart in Wasilla, and it yielded the kind of input that I have been hoping for.  I’m sure the remaining sessions will also be fruitful. We envision the first round of sessions to be complete by June, with a more focused round of sessions to resume in the Fall. […]

Bishops Of Alaska Issue Pastoral Letter On Human Dignity And Sanctity Of Life

For the past several months, the bishops of Alaska have been discussing how we might best exercise our role as teachers. There are a growing number of social issues today that need to be addressed from a faith perspective, and yet require more than a ‘sound byte’ to adequately outline the theological principles which underpin our beliefs and teachings. At the same time, as we looked at the numerous issues we wished to address, we realized that what is fundamentally at the heart of each of the issues is the need for a proper understanding […]

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