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.

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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

Office of the General Secretary
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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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Responding to Love: Draw Near

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This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.- John 3:19-20

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November 6th - Prayer, Fasting, & Penance with Our Clergy

Every quarter, priests and religious in our diocese gather in Fairbanks for personal and professional support days. Bishop Zielinski invites all Catholics to join our clergy and religious at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday, November 6 from 9am to 3pm for a day of prayer, fasting, and penance for greater holiness in the Church. Clergy will be praying the rosary throughout the day before the Blessed Sacrament, so please join us!  

Faithful Citizenship

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern."
- Pope Francis, 9/16/13

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

 

File: forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship.pdf

October - Respect Life Month

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

September 27, 2018

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

The Catholic Church has traditionally set aside October as Respect Life Month. In the Alaskan Bishops’ Pastoral Letter published in February of this year, “Living in the Image and Likeness of God: Human Dignity and Divine Designs,” we emphatically repeated our unwavering stand for the sacredness of life from the moment of conception to natural death. We must be that voice for the most vulnerable of children, especially the defenseless unborn. In fact, we must protect the dignity and sacred image of all people, for every person is made in God’s own image.

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