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Alaska Catholic Youth Conference 2016!

ACYC is right around the corner! Early bird registration is going on now. Click here to register...don't foget to pick up a permission slip at the parish too or print it off here and return it to Kayla!



Celebrate Divine Mercy!


Sunday, April 3rd, there will be a holy hour at Sacred Heart Cathedral to thank God for the mercy He has shown us in the redemptive work of His Son. It is the solemnity of Divine Mercy. The holy hour will feature a presentation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Divine Mercy prayers. Following Our Lord’s promise of complete remission of sin and punishment for those who honor Him this day, the Church offers a plenary indulgence under the customary conditions. For those who wish to prepare for this solemnity by praying the Divine Mercy novena, which begins on Good Friday, leaflets are available at area parish churches. 

Want to know more about the Divine Mercy?

The Shrine of Divine Mercy of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception

EWTN on the Divine Mercy

Pray the Divine Mercy


Holy Week/Triduum Schedule

As we enter into the most sacred time of the Christian year, we are challenged to withdraw from the world and spend more time with Our Lord as we meditate and pray over the events of salvation that changed the course of the human race for ever. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, said, "Holy Week is a privlileged time when we are called to draw near to Jesus: friendship with him is shown in times of difficulty." The Holy Week/Triduum schedule for St. Nicholas will be as follows:


0900- Daily Mass

0700-2000- Three Days of Mercy (Sacred Heart Cathedral)*


0900- Daily Mass

0930- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

0700-2000- Three Days of Mercy (Sacred Heart Cathedral)*


1900- Daily Mass

0700-2000- Three Days of Mercy (Sacred Heart Cathedral)*


1900- Mass of the Lord's Supper

2000-Midnight Adoration and Confession

GOOD FRIDAY (Parish Offices Closed)

1500- Stations of the Cross

1900- Celebration of the Lord's Passion & Veneration of the Cross


2000- Easter Vigil


0900- Mass

Noon- Mass

1400- Mass (Tridentine)

*Three Days of Mercy: Priests will be available from 0700-2000 (except during Mass at 1730) for Confession, Anointing of the Sick and conversation for those who are burdened. Babara Thieme-Tolliver will also be available in the evening to discuss annulment and tribunal issues with those in "irregular marriages."

Easter Monday and Tuesday there will be no Mass at St. Nicholas Church! The offices will be closed on Easter Monday.


Young Messiah Movie Premiere!

Officially opening on March 11th, we in the diocsese have a special opportunity to view the movie a day early! Tickets will go on pre-sale at St. Nicholas beginning the weekend of Feb. 20-21. Tickets are $5/person or $25/family...there are a limited number so reserve your tickets quickly. Proceeds will benefit youth ministry for the parishes selling tickets!


At the age of 7, Jesus Bar-Joseph lives with his family in Alexandria, Egypt, where they have fled to avoid a massacre of children by King Herod of Israel. Jesus knows that his parents Joseph and Mary have secrets they are keeping from him, secrets about his birth and about traits that make him very different from other boys. His parents, however, believe him too young to grasp the truth of his miraculous birth and purpose. Learning that the murderous Herod is dead, they set out to return to their home of Nazareth in Israel, unaware that Herod's namesake son is, like his father, determined to see the boy Jesus dead. Written by Jim Beaver <>

For more information visit the offical website HERE!


The Holy Season of Lent


This Wednesday, February 10th begins the holy season of Lent...a 40 day journey for faithful Christians to draw themselves closer to the mysteries of our salvation through prayer, penance and alms giving. While many look at Lent as a time of spiritual endurance (can I "give up" something for 40 days only to go back to it), we are called to plunge deeper into our souls and, with the help of God's grace, to uproot from our lives those things that are seperating us from the Kingdom of God and plant those things that will strengthen us in our journey. Take advantage of this holy season by not only "giving up" something but also by adding something that will be enduring: prayer, spiritual reading, acts of charity and service. Engage the season at every opportunity!



  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
  • For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
  • If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.



Ash Wednesday Masses will be offered at the following times:


  • 0900 St. Nicholas Church
  • 1130 Eielson AFB Chapel
  • 1700 Eielson AFB Chapel
  • 1900 St. Nicholas Church


Please note that the distribution of ashes will only be done during Mass!




It is the custom of St. Nicholas Church to offer an opportunity for parishioners and others to enter more deeply into the Lord's Passion in preparation for the sacred Triduum and Easter. Each Friday have a simple potluck supper followed by Stations of the Cross and Adoration with Confession (on the Fridays Fr. Robert is available)


  • 1800- Simple meatless supper: bring a dish to share!
  • 1900- Stations of the Cross
  • 1930- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Confession






The Catechism of the Catholic Church statement, "after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year" (CCC 1457), includes a footnote reference to the Code of Canon Law: "After having reached the age of discretion, each member of the faithful is obliged to confess faithfully his or her grave sins at least once a year" (CIC 989). "Grave sins" here means "mortal sins" so, accordingly, "serious sins" in the Catechism are to be understood as mortal. Keep in mind that for a sin to be mortal, three conditions must be met: grave matter, full knowledge, and complete consent (cf. CCC 1857). A sin of grave matter which lacks either of the other conditions is not a mortal sin. In such a case the matter is grave but the sin is not. TheCatechism explains, "One commits venial sin . . . when he disobeys the moral law in a grave matter, but without full knowledge or without complete consent" (CCC 1862).

Confession is offered at St. Nicholas on Saturdays from 1600-1645 or by appointment. During the season of Lent, additional opportunities are made available, particularly Communal Penance Services. This year they will be offered on the following dates:


  • Tuesday, March 1st at 1900- St. Nicholas Church
  • Thursday, March 3rd at 1900- Immaculate Conception Church
  • Wednesday, March 9th at 1900- St. Raphael Church
  • Tuesday, March 15th at 1900- Sacred Heart Cathedral

 If it has been a while since you have been to Confession, it is suggested that you make an appointment with the priest so that you can have as much time as you desire to confess your sins. Everyone should prepare themselves ahead of time for the Sacrament by doing an Examination of Conscience. Several versions are available here:


  • The Catholic Bishops of the United States have several available here.
  • The National Catholic Register offers one for adults here.
  • Catholic Education Resource Center offers one for teens here.
  • Catholic Parents Online offers one for children here.