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Marriage as a Fundamental Building Block of the Family and the State


Our parish and our diocese are disheartened by the decision of the SCOTUS with regard to the case Obergefell v. Hodges which has redifined the institution of marriage in this country. The USCCB, regional episcopal conferences and individual bishops around the country have issues statements regading this decision. Below are the responses from the USCCB, ACCB (Alaska Catholic Conference of Bishops) and Bishop Zielinski's personal statement and a number of other dioceses around the country:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Statement of the Alaska Conference of Catholic Bishops

 Bishop Zielinski's Statement

Michigan Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Supreme Court decision does not change the teachings of our Church on marriage, family or the human person. It does, however, challenge us to be prepared to witness wo what the Church has always held to be true. Below are a number of links that provide resources for learning more about what Christ and His Church have always taught. This is meant to be a start and not a comprehensive list:


Marriage, Unique for A Reason

For Your Marriage

Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan (USCCB 2009)

Married Love and the Gift of Life (USCCB 2006)

Between Man And Woman: Questions and Answers About Same Sex Unions (USCCB 2003)

Gaudium et Spes (Vatican II 1965), particularly no. 47-52

Casti Conubii (Pope Pius XI 1930)


An Address to Engaged Couples (Pope Benedict XVI 2011)

Verbum Domini (Pope Benedict XVI 2010)

Caritas in Veritate (Pope Benedict XVI 2009) especially no. 15, 44, & 51

Sacramentum Caritatis (Pope Benedict XVI 2007) especially no. 27-29

Letter to Women (Pope St. John Paul II 1995)

Letter to Families (Pope St. John Paul II 1994)

Mulieris Dignitatem (Pope St. John Paul II 1988)

Familiaris Consortio (Pope St. John Paul II 1981)

Humane Vitae (Pope Paul VI 1968)


Courage: A Roman Catholic Apostolate (Website)

Marriage and Same Sex Unions (USCCB 2007)

Ministry to Persons with homosexual Inclination (USCCB 2006)

La Homosexualidad y Campana Contra La Homofobia (Mexican Bishops Conference 2005)

 In Search of Best Practices in Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Catholics (CARA- Georgetown University 2004)

Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons (CDF 2003)

Always Our Children: Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers (USCCB 1997)

Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons (CDF 1986)

Persona Humana (CDF 1975)



Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


This Friday, June 12th, the diocese will celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus...the patronal feast day of our Cathedral in Fairbanks. Bishop Zielinski would like to invite all our parishioners to a special celebration as he consecrates the diocese and all of us to the safety, protection and patronage of the Sacred Heart. Join us as we pray to be held in the bosom of Christ in the coming years. The celebration will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral beginning at 5:00 pm.


5:00 pm- Healing Service with Anointing of the Sick and Confession

6:00 pm- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Confessions will continue)

7:00 pm- Mass and Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus



Jesus, I believe in Your personal love for one so sinful and worthless as I am

(Repeat after each of the following: Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in You.)

I believe that Your love for me is from all eternity and that it is as tender as a mother’s love.

I believe that You have lovingly and wisely planned everything that shall ever happen to me.

I will never seek pleasure forbidden by You and will never lose heart in my efforts to be good.

I will accept the crosses of life as I accept its joys, with a grateful heart, and I will always pray, “Your holy will be done in all things.”

I will not be worried or anxious about anything, for I know You will take care of me.

However weak or sinful I may be, I will never doubt Your mercy.

In all my temptations...

In all my weakness…

In all my sorrows…

In every discouragement…

In all my undertakings…

In life and in death…

Heart of love, I put all my trust in you; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Your goodness.


Vacation Bible School Registration Is Happening Now!

This year's theme for VBS is Everest: Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power. It will take place June 8-12.  Registration is taking place after all the Masses for the next several weeks. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions, please feel free to call the parish office at 488-2595.

Note: The theme and VBS program were chosen prior to the devestating earthquake that took place in Tibet and Nepal. Since the theme of the program is conquering challenges, we thought it appropriate to move ahead. The children will be encouraged to raise funds to donate to Catholic Relief Services and the work they are doing to aid the victims of this tragic event.




Novena of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Begins Tomorrow!

The novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots starts tomorrow, April 22nd. The prayers for the novena can be hound here. Spend some time with our Blessed Mother asking for her intercession in untangling the difficulties you may be experiencing in your life!


Easter Blessings!

From an Easter homily by Melito of Sardis, bishop
The Easter praise of Christ

We should understand, beloved, that the paschal mystery is at once old and new, transitory and eternal, corruptible and incorruptible, mortal and immortal. In terms of the Law it is old, in terms of the Word it is new. In its figure it is passing, in its grace it is eternal. It is corruptible in the sacrifice of the lamb, incorruptible in the eternal life of the Lord. It is mortal in his burial in the earth, immortal in his resurrection from the dead.

The Law indeed is old, but the Word is new. The type is transitory, but grace is eternal. The lamb was corruptible, but the Lord is incorruptible. He was slain as a lamb; he rose again as God. He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, yet he was not a sheep. He was silent as a lamb, yet he was not a lamb. The type has passed away; the reality has come. The lamb gives place to God, the sheep gives place to a man, and the man is Christ, who fills the whole of creation. The sacrifice of the lamb, the celebration of the Passover, and the prescriptions of the Law have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Under the old Law, and still more under the new dispensation, everything pointed toward him.

Both the Law and the Word came forth from Zion and Jerusalem, but now the Law has given place to the Word, the old to the new. The commandment has become grace, the type a reality. The lamb has become a Son, the sheep a man, and man, God.

The Lord, though he was God, became man. He suffered for the sake of those who suffer, he was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave; but he rose from the dead, and cried aloud: Who will contend with me? Let him confront me. I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves. Who has anything to say against me? I, he said, am the Christ; I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one, and taken men up to the heights of heaven: I am the Christ.

Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you. I am your forgiveness. I am the Passover that brings salvation. I am the lamb who was immolated for you. I am your ransom, your life, your resurrection, your light, I am your salvation and your king. I will bring you to the heights of heaven. With my own right hand I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father.