The priests of the diocese will gather in Fairbanks 3-5 August for their quarterly Priestly Formation Days. On 4 August 2021 at 12:10PM at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bishop Chad and our priests will celebrate a Mass for the Reconciliation and Healing for our Native Alaskan Communities. Following the Mass there will be a luncheon in the social hall of Sacred Heart Cathedral and participants are encouraged to bring a side dish to share.
♥Special THANKS to St. Nicholas Church and Rochelle Renner & helpers for donating their remaining bags from their Rummage Sale and to Fairbanks Lutheran Church and Barb Pierson & helpers for donating their remaining clothing from their Mother’s Day Sale.♥
The Regional Council funds retreat speakers, plans the annual combined parish picnic and facilitates communication between the road parishes. By contributing BAGS (kitchen or yard size) of your gently used items to our VALUE VILLAGE fundraiser, you can help Fr. Tom Kuffel your Regional Council ra1se funds to help support various road parish activities.
VALUE VILLAGE Will donate 20 cents per pound for items in good condition.
Each 20 lb. bag of clothing =about $4.00.
To arrange a time to drop off time for your donation, please call the
Following last week’s discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, the bishop of Fairbanks and the faithful share their prayers and sorrow with the Native people of Canada. This tragic discovery brings awareness to the sad history the Church has had with Native people in the past in our own state. Bishop Chad Zielinski and the Diocese of Fairbanks commit themselves to walk side-by-side in dialogue with Alaska Native communities on a path to healing and reconciliation. Together with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, they re-affirm their commitment and responsibility to provide a safe environment within the Church for all children, youth and vulnerable adults. If you have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy or church personnel, please contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator, Cynthia, at 907-750-1132 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), effective immediately, churches in the Diocese of Fairbanks are to allow fully vaccinated people to attend Masses and other gatherings without wearing masks or social distancing. Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks when in large gatherings.
One is fully vaccinated when at least two weeks have passed from the second shot of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (and on shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). No verbal, written, or other verification of full vaccination is required. The faithful are reminded that every person must make an informed and responsible decision for their own well-being and be conscious of the needs and sensitivities of others. All are asked to be patient and understanding with those who may continue to wear masks for various reasons.
In recent months, the CDC has stated that the risk of infection from surfaces, such as pews, is low. To that end it is no longer necessary for parishes to disinfect pews after each Mass. However, parishes should regularly clean surfaces each week as part of their routine upkeep. Reception of Holy Communion in the form of the Precious Blood continues to be suspended.
I recommend that priests and ministers who are fully vaccinated still wear masks during the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. I also recommend that greeters and ushers do the same. I trust each pastor or administrator with the discretion to determine the policy for their parish.
I am entrusting pastors and administrators to implement the new policy as best they can, and I encourage them to continue to work with their parish leadership to make the necessary changes and adjustments based on local circumstance and health mandates.
While the general dispensation from the Sunday obligation was lifted in July 2020 (BCZ 20/17) there are still some who may be considered high risk and are nervous to attend Mass in person. I encourage individuals concerned with returning to Mass to consult with their pastor. Pastors may dispense individuals from their Sunday obligation for a just and reasonable cause (cf. canons 89 & 90).
We will continue to live stream the Saturday 4:30pm Vigil and Sunday 11am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral for those who are unable to attend in person.
May God strengthen and unite as we continue our earthly journey towards the Kingdom.
Please take time to pray the Novena and encourage others to do likewise.
The Novena begins on April 2, 2021 (Good Friday) through April 10, 2021. Starting on April 2nd at 3:00pm the Novena prayers can be followed on the Fairbanks Immaculate Conception Facebook. The Novena will be available on the ICC facebook each day at 3:00pm during the Novena until April 10, 2021
Click here for a digitized method for the Novena that can be viewed on a computer or smart-phone. It can also be printed for your convenience.
The Vatican urges everyone concerned for the sanctity of life to protest the use of abortion-derived cell lines and advocate for the development of vaccines with no connection to abortion. To make it easier to take this action, the United States Catholic Bishops provided sample letters to pharmaceutical companies that are using abortion-derived cell lines to produce and/or test vaccines.