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A Look at the Priesthood

CNN ran a documentary on the priesthood that was quite good. As we prepare to inaugurate our vocation chalice program on the First Sunday of Advent, I would encourage all of you to view and share this video!

 In episode 8 of This is Life with Lisa Ling she examines The Call to the Collar.

"Lisa travels to the Midwest, where more Catholic men are being drawn to the priesthood than anywhere else in the county, in a time where the Catholic population is on the rise, but the number of Catholic priests is dwindling." -Quoted from This is Life With Lisa Ling Youtube Channel


"The world needs preists that love Jesus, love the people, and I want to be one of those guys who can do that." -Interviewed Seminarian


 "This is a brotherhood. While they are young, despite feeling the weight of societal pressure, this life brings them overwhelming joy. They are exactly where they want to be." -Lisa Ling


Registration for the World Meeting of Families Is Now Open

Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that registration for the World Meeting of Families, to be held in the city September 22-27, 2015 is now open. Registration information can ben found on the official webpage along with suggestions for hotel accomodations. You can find the information available here.


Habemus Pontificiem! We have a Bishop!

On Saturday, November 8th at Roman Noon (2:00 am Alaska Time) it was announced that Fr. Chad Zielinski of the Archdiocese of the Military Services/Diocese of Gaylord in Michigan, had been appointed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as the next bishop of the Diocese of Fairbanks. Bishop-Elect Zielinski, along with Robert Hannon (our diocesan chancellor) and Archbishop Roger Schwietz of Anchorage (our Apostolic Adminstrator) held a press conference at 11:00 am to announce his appointment. The press conference can be listened to here.

Bishop-elect Zielinski will be ordained and installed as our new bishop in just a few weeks. It is our hope that everyone will join us for this great occassion. The liturgies will be as follows:


  • Sunday, December 14th- Solemn Vespers and Blessing of Episcopal Insignia at 6:00 pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Monday, December 15th- Episcopal Ordination Mass and Installation at 3:00 pm at the Carlson Center


In addition, the diocese will be forming a diocesan-wide choir for the installation Mass. Please watch bulletins at the local parishes for details!

Also, please be sure to keep Bishop-elect Zielinski in your prayers, that God will fill him with the grace necessary to assume his role as our new shepherd!



Lord Jesus,
Good Shepherd and Pastor of the Church,
you have guided the Fairbanks Diocese in northern Alaska
for 52 years.

 In your love and care for this flock,

we thank you for guiding your vicar on earth, Pope Francis,
in the selection of our new bishop.


We pray that you bless our holy shepherd and servant, Bishop-Elect Zielinski.

May he be a courageous teacher of the faith

and a humble, wise, prudent, collaborative leader.

May he be caring and compassionate.
Endow him with the gifts your Church needs at this time.


Lord Jesus,

we trust in your providence and love.
Help us welcome our new shepherd, Bishop-elect Zielinski,

with prayer and open hearts.

This we ask in your name.




SYMBOLON Faith Series in now available to parishioners online!

As was mentioned a few weeks ago, the Symbolon Faith Series is available to all St. Nicholas parishioners. Follow the link above to register yourself and your family to be able to view the videos. The subscription will be active until October of 2015!

If you have questions, please contact the parish office!


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