Creating an Accountability Culture

Here is a video that we can all learn something from. It is 43 minutes long but hopefully will change your attitude about pulling people up and playing games with people. The video explains how we are 200% responsible. 100% responsible for ourselves and 100% responsible for others. In other words, fraternal correction is the key and it is done in truth and love. Take the time to watch this video and realize if it works for them, it will work for you.

Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Adult Faith Formation

Sacred Heart Cathedral is looking for a Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Adult Faith Formation

The position averages between 10-20 hours per week from mid-August to mid-June. The coordinator will be responsible for a faith formation program for youth and adults that empower them to live as Disciples of Christ, foster their spiritual growth and draw them into to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the church. The position will remain open until filled. For additional information, please contact Fr Ross Tozzi at rector@cbna.org

You are the Light of the World

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

14 May 2019

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

On May 7 Pope Francis issued a motu proprio, “Vos Estis Lux Mundi”, “You are the Light of the World”.
In this action, the Holy Father has modified Church law that mandates every diocese in the Catholic
Church follow the outlined procedure regarding allegations of abuse by a bishop, clergy or member of an
institute of religious or apostolic life.

This decree is a result of the gathering of representatives of Catholic Bishop’s Conferences from across
the world that was convened by Pope Francis in February 2019. Our Holy Father has taken sexual abuse
of minors and vulnerable adults very seriously.

The Diocese of Fairbanks has had a very sad history of abuse of minors which resulted in a bankruptcy
process. While abuse survivors were compensated, this in no manner addresses the profound wound of the
evil perpetrated against them. These innocent victims daily live with the effects of such crimes committed
against them.

As our Holy Father has indicated in this document, “We are the Light of the World.” We includes each
one of us. Yes, each and every person is created in the sacred image and likeness of God. No person can
ever take this away. We as a diocese, and particularly as priests, religious and Church personnel are
committed to accompanying abuse survivors. I know our Church personnel in the diocese regularly
accompany abuse survivors helping them see that they are “The Light of the World.” This prayerful
accompaniment brings hope and healing.

On May 1, I was invited by two clergy abuse survivors who work with Spirit Fire, to attend a gathering of
bishops and survivors in Washington, D.C. The gathering was most powerful. We heard some horrible
stories of abuse. The pain and suffering casts a long and dark shadow that affects people to this day. I was
deeply touched by the fact that clergy abuse survivors wanted to dialogue with bishops, and truly want to
be part of a solution bringing healing and hope to other abuse survivors who are in our communities.
Also, they want to proclaim the sacredness and holiness of the priesthood of Jesus Christ because in their
words, “they experienced the worst.” I truly saw the power of the Holy Spirit working to bring hope and
healing as it pushes against the darkness and evil of our Church and world.

The Diocese of Fairbanks takes most seriously our Safe Environment Policies, but in order for these
protections to be implemented and effective it requires the cooperation of all the faithful in their
respective parishes. I thank you for your concerted efforts to make this a priority. Our children and
vulnerable adults need to know our churches and schools are safe places where their sacred dignity is
honored and protected.

I truly believe that as the Catholic Church addresses its own failures of negligence of leadership, crimes
committed by Church personnel and becomes more proactive promoting safe environment, we can be a
“light in the world.” It is most sad to see more abuse stories surface in the news from various sectors of
society. There is a wound in our world that is calling out for the light of Christ and the protection of our
children and vulnerable adults. While laws to address abuse are necessary, more importantly, we need to
announce to our world that beauty, goodness and truth of God lives in every person and that all of us have
a responsibility to honor and protect it.

Sincerely in Christ,

 

 

†Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski
Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska
Diocese of Fairbanks

The Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday

by Brant Pitre at Catholic Productions

In this video, Dr. Pitre gives insight into the Biblical foundation for Ash Wednesday, as well as the rationale and purpose of the season of Lent. He addresses questions such as:
  • Why do you we use ashes?
  • Why are we asked of the Church to increase our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving during Lent?
  • Is Lent just about abstaining from a favorite food, or is there something more to it?

For more from Catholic Productions and more videos see their blog at: https://store.catholicproductions.com

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Fr. Bala Gangarapu Departure

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

28 February 2019

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Fr. Bala Gangarapu will be returning to his home diocese of Hyderabad in India by 1 July 2019. In June 2014, Fr. Bala was granted permission to work in the Diocese of Fairbanks for a total of five years from his Archbishop.

Fr. Bala traveled to many of our remote villages, and recently served at Sacred Heart Cathedral and Immaculate Conception Church (Fairbanks). He made several trips down the snowy and icy roads to care for the parishes in Healy and Nenana. Thank you for your generosity in serving the good people of God in the Diocese of Fairbanks. It has been an honor and privilege to work with Fr. Bala and we will all miss him dearly.

Sincerely in Christ,

 

 

†Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski
Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska
Diocese of Fairbanks