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. 

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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

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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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Bishop Chad Zielinski Easter Message 2017

10 April 2017

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Greetings of peace of the Risen Christ to all!

"The Risen Christ," that phrase that comes so easily to our lips this season is worth reflecting on. If we aren't startled and awed by it, we are not paying attention.

Consider the women who appear in Matthew's Gospel28: 1-10. That's the gospel, or "Good News" proclaimed from the
ambo on Easter. During the first day of the week the two women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, are the ftrst to reach the tomb and receive the news of the Risen Christ. It's not just anyone who tells them. It is an angel who counsels them, "Do not be afraid." The angel then sends them to share the great news. Matthew tells us they were "fearful yet oveljoyed." If it were me, I'm sure I would be petrified. I don't think I would be ftt to talk, let alone share the glad tidings.

Read more: Bishop Chad Zielinski Easter Message 2017

Holy Week Schedule in Fairbanks Area

April 13th – 16th

Sacred Heart Cathedral – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday - 7pm Mass with Adoration
Good Friday - 7pm
Easter Vigil Saturday - 8pm
Easter Sunday - 8am, 11am and 1pm (in Spanish)

St. Raphael’s – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday - 7pm Mas with Adoration ending at midnight
Good Friday - 7pm Stations of the Cross
Easter Vigi - Saturday 7pm Service
Easter Sunda - 9:30am & 11:3am Mass

Immaculate Conception – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday - 7pm Mass with Adoration ending at midnight
Good Friday - 12noon Stations of the Cross & 7pm Service
Easter Vigil Saturday - 9pm Mass
Easter Sunday - 8am & 10am Masses

St. Mark’s – Fairbanks, AK
Holy Thursday Last Supper - 5pm at 517 Copper Lane Chapel
Good Friday - 5pm Stations of the Cross
No Easter Vigil Service (Saturday)
Easter Sunday - 5:30pm Mass

St. Nicholas – North Pole, AK
Holy Thursday - 7 PM-Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration and confession until midnight
Good Friday - 3 PM-Stations of the Cross
7 PM - Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross
Easter Vigil Saturday - 8 P
Easter Sunday - 9 AM & Noon

Bp. Chad Zielinski's Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent

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April 2, 2017 

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2017033005 Fairbanks SHC Chrism-Mass 0125Our readings present some very powerful images. The first reading that we have today is from Ez 37: 12-14 but it is important to know what precedes these verses, and there is an image of dead bones. An image that has no life, that seems to have all hope gone. By the request of the Lord, Ezekiel is told to prophesy over the dead bones. So, by God's request, that which seems dead, has no life, lacks relationship with God and others is given new life by the Lord's request.

So, this reading came at the time of Babylonian Exile. The Jews were exiled from their homeland, and some wandered away from the faith, they gave up on God and fell into pagan practices and the worship of foreign Gods. Essentially, they abandoned the covenant. God sees the incredible potential to breathe new life into them and renew this covenant which we here about today.

In the second reading, Paul is writing to the Romans reminding them that the body which is dead because of sin will have new life. The Spirit of God himself will come into them.

the Gospel is one of my favorites. Jesus was friends with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. So, Jesus is a few days journey away from the village where they live but word comes to him that Lazarus has died. So, Jesus is moved on two levels: 1) a very personal level as it is noted by the bystanders that "see how he loved Lazarus,” 2)the other level is that he desires to raise Lazarus so the power of God will be revealed.

So, as we are in our Lenten journey, we are called to do two things: 1) to be transformed as we encounter Christ and he gives us new life 2) to be a disciple, a follower of Christ, so that we can lead others to him.

So, let us journey with Christ to the tomb of Lazarus. The tomb represents that which is dead within us. It represents those areas of our life where we are blinded by sinfulness. It represents that place where we have buried, anger, hatred, revenge or maybe wounds or even horrific abuses that may have been caused to us by another. Sometimes we want to bury our problems there, and the rock that covers the tomb can be our unwillingness to face these challenges because of the potential pain to face them, so we cover them with distractions. These distractions can come in many forms: being consumed with just about anything to the point of obsession, we can be consumed with over eating, drinking too much, turning toward narcotic substances, or indulging in computer world or television.

So, we come to the tomb with Jesus. Listen to Jesus! He commands that the stone be rolled back. There is fear of a stench or something that might be unpleasant. He is not worried. By the very words of Christ, he commands, "Lazarus come forth." He calls our name, our name which was pronounced in our baptism, to come forth from all this darkness. Then he commands the friends of Lazarus to untie him.

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Seminarian Ben Dounda installed as Lector at Mount Angel Seminary

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 Thirty-two Seminarians Move Closer to the Priesthood in Annual Ministries Mass

MOUNT ANGEL, Ore. – In a concelebrated Mass on Thursday, March 16, in the Mount Angel Abbey church, 32 seminarians of Mount Angel Seminary were instituted into the ministries of Acolyte and Lector. For these men, from 18 dioceses and religious communities from around the western United States and beyond, this moved them closer toward ordination as Catholic priests.

Presided over by the Most Rev. Peter F. Christensen, Bishop of Boise, those being instituted in the ministries were called to make a heart-felt response to their calling to the priesthood. In explaining the meaning of the morning liturgy, Bishop Christensen referred to the First Reading from the Book of Nehemiah. In the reading, said Bishop Christensen, “Ezra read clearly from the Book of the Law. As he read, the response of the people was that they began to weep. They were moved to tears.”

That is also reminiscent of the passage in Hebrews: “God’s word is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword.” This is a testament to the power of the Word of God, said Bishop Christensen, that these newly instituted Lectors are called to proclaim to God’s people.

Bishop Christensen also reminded the seminarians and congregation that we tend to live a fast-paced life. “We are in haste,” he said, “and there is a danger that we don’t take time to ponder, think, and reflect.” Celebrations of the Liturgy, such as this Ministries Mass, said the bishop, invite us to stop, slow down, and reflect about why we are here and why it is important.

On behalf of their bishop or religious superior, Bishop Christensen instituted the following men into the ministry of Lector: from the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Ethan Alano and Anthony Galati; from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Jordan Sanchez; from the Archdiocese of Seattle, Junghoon (Val) Park; from the Diocese of Baker, Caleb Cunningham; from the Diocese of Boise, Nelson Cintra, Joshua Falce, Peter Murphy; from the Diocese of Fairbanks, Benjamin Doudna; from the Diocese of Fresno, Bonaventure Okoro;  from the Diocese of Las Vegas, Rogelio Molina Carrillo; from the Diocese of Orange, Cheeyoon Chun; from the Diocese of Reno, Jesús Gonzalez; from the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Luis de Dios Hernandez, Dominic Sternhagen; from the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, Viane Ilimaleota; from the Diocese of San Diego, Josué Jiménez; from Mount Angel Abbey, Br. Israel Sanchez, O.S.B.; from the Order of Discalced Carmelites, Br. John Cannon, O.C.D.; from the Saint John Society, Juan Mas Feijoo, Francesco Paolillo.

On behalf of their bishop or religious superior, Bishop Christensen instituted the following men into the ministry of Acolyte: from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Joseph Baltz, Nathan Lopez, Timothy Meurer; from the Diocese of Boise, John Mosier; from the Diocese of Orange, Michael Rizzo, Phillip Shifflet; from the Diocese of Sacramento, Ryan Mahar; from the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Luis de Dios Hernandez, Dominic Sternhagen; from the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, Viane Ilimaleota; from the Diocese of San Diego, Raymond Philip Napuli, Michael O’Connor; from Mount Angel Abbey, Br. Timothy Kalange, O.S.B., Br. Jesús Maria Leija, O.S.B.

A reception was held for the new Lectors, Acolytes, visitors, faculty, staff, and monks in Aquinas Hall following the Mass.