Month: October 2017

End Of Liturgical Year Points To Eternity: Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?

During the month of November, our liturgical celebrations draw our attention to the culmination of our earthly pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Heaven. We do well to ponder regularly the source of our life in God, the reason for our being expressed in God’s will, and our destination as eternity with God. Blessed Cardinal Newman summarized our human condition quite concisely once when saying: “Life is short, death is certain, eternity is long.” In the Nicene Creed, we express our belief in Jesus Christ, that he has ascended into heaven, is seated at the right […]

Who Is My Neighbor? The Human Person Before You

I have written numerous times in this blog that one of the primary (If not THE Primary) solutions to many of our social ills today is a proper understanding – in fact recognition – of the human person. In today’s Gospel, (Luke 13:10-17) there is a woman present in the Synagogue where Jesus is teaching.  She for eighteen years ‘had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.’  She made no demand or request of Jesus.  She was simply ‘present’ before Jesus, in the midst of the assembly in […]

Lutheran & Catholic Prayer Service; Commemorating 500th Anniversary Of Reformation

A year ago this weekend, Pope Francis and Bishop Yunan, President of the Lutheran World Federation gathered for a Prayer Service in Lund, Sweden.  The service marked the beginning of a year to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  During this gathering, they also signed a joint declaration which outlines the progress made in Lutheran and Catholic dialogue over the past 50 years, since the Second Vatican Council. Yesterday, almost 500 years to the day (October 31, 1517) when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church, my […]

A Shepherd & A ‘Shed’ For Holy Cross Parish

Today, Fr. Andrew Lee, KMS was officially installed as Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Anchorage. In his comments at the end of Mass, Fr. recalled when he first came to the Archdiocese four years ago, with both fear and excitement.  Now he is grateful for the warm reception he received and he is enthusiastic about the parish’s future. When Fr. Lee first went to Holy Cross, Sr. Loretta Luecke of the Most Precious Blood was the Parish Life Coordinator, and had been serving in that capacity since 2002.  She was well respected for her […]

Young Adults Pray and Discuss Discernment

ast night, I met again with about 30 young adults for Adoration, discussion, and social time.  I am so encouraged by this group of young men and women who are giving priority to their faith.  Thanks to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish for hosting our gathering last night. As always, we began with time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  Just about everyone today can use more quiet time, and silence before the Lord in prayer is a good way to place everything in his hands, and rediscover the peace of heart which only he […]

2017 St. Francis Stewardship Awards

Last Thursday, October 5, at the Lunney Center in Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral, we  had a wonderful celebration honoring the recipients of this Year’s St. Francis Stewardship Awards. Though only eight awards were presented, we received many nominations.  Of course, even that longer list is just a sample of the vast number of people who make substantial contributions to the life of this local Church known as the Archdiocese of Anchorage. Below is the list of the 2017 St. Francis Stewardship Award nominees. 2017 St. Francis Stewardship Award Nominees Holy Family Cathedral: Rowena Carrillo, Bernardette […]

Bishop Bellisario Begins In Juneau!

What a beautiful day in Juneau yesterday.  What a beautiful day for the Church.  Three months from his appointment, Bishop Andrew Bellisario, CM was ordained and installed in the Diocese of Juneau yesterday. Bishop Andrew was well represented, by his family and friends, his new family in Juneau, his Vincentian family of priests and sisters, as well as a very good showing of priests and parishioners from the Archdiocese of Anchorage.  At the end of a powerfully moving Mass, his remarks were right on queue, and his pastoral heart was readily on display. It was […]

Called To Reflect The Mercy Of God

On this 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, we hear of the Providential Goodness of God.  He is like the landowner who planted a vineyard.  He chose a fertile hillside, prepared the soil, planted the choicest vines, put a hedge around it, hewed out a wine press, built a watchtower, and looked for the crop of grapes.  (Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-43) The Psalm today (Psalm 80) tells us that the vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel. We are the vineyard of the Lord. We are the one’s whom God has cared for with […]

Stewardship: A Way Of Life; Making A Generous Gift Of Self

Yesterday, pastoral leaders from around the Archdiocese of Anchorage gathered to learn more about stewardship, not as a program, but as a spirituality, a way of life. The theme for the day was: “Be Not Afraid: Making a Gift of Self.” Our guest speaker for the day was Deacon David Krueger from the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska.  In addition to being a permanent deacon, he serves as a client manager for Catholic Stewardship Consultants.  We are grateful for his presence and witness. The spirituality of stewardship is rooted in a strong sense and knowledge that all […]

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