Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Website!

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Check it out because this blog will not longer be maintained.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hey all, this is Justin the new JV Youth Minister. I just found out about this blog so here I am. So.... HI!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Friday, April 3rd 7:00pm Stations of the Cross for Couples
Saturday, April 4th 7:00pm Communal Reconciliation Service followed by
Private Confessions
Sunday, April 5th 8:30am, 10:00am, 5:00pm Palm Sunday Masses

Thursday, April 9th 7:00pm Holy Thursday, Mass of
The Lord’s Supper

Friday, April 10th 3:00pm Stations of the Cross,
7:00pm Good Friday Service, Celebration of the Lord’s

Saturday, April 11th 10:00pm Easter Vigil Mass

Sunday, April 12th 8:30am, 10:00am Easter Sunday Masses

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bulletin Postings for 22 March 2009

Chrism Mass: Bishop Don Kettler, along with priests, sisters, deacons and other representatives from the villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta will be arriving on Thursday, March 26th, for the Mass of the Oils (or Chrism) which will be celebrated at 7:00pm that night. For all participating in the Mass there will be practice for it that Thursday at 4:00pm. Following the Mass we will have a dessert reception in the Social Hall. Please bring a dessert to share!

Rest in Peace: Please remember Alice Mendola and Colton Crow and their families in your prayers. Alice died on Monday and was buried from this church yesterday in a Russian Orthodox ceremony. Colton, son of Morgan and Margie Crow, also died on Monday. His funeral was held yesterday in Anchorage.

Confessions: Father Chuck will hear Confessions from 3-5pm each Saturday during Lent in the Sacristy of the Church. For those of you who are uncomfortable with face to face confessions, we turned the Sacristy into a Confessional each Saturday complete with a kneeler and a barrier between the priest and the penitent.

Communal Reconciliation Service: There will be a communal reconciliation service on Saturday, April 4th at 7:00pm.

Last Chance: Father Chuck will celebrate a Latin Mass at 5pm on March 22nd. It will be the last Latin Mass of the year.

Baptisms: Our next baptisms will be on Easter Sunday. If you have a child to be baptized please see Susan or Fr. Chuck.

The Second Collection next Sunday will be for the Catholic Relief Services. This collection provides funding for programs in other countries that the pope and the bishops believe need help.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Advent Special Events Schedule

Sunday, November 23rd: 5:00pm Potlock Party for Peterson

Tuesday, November 25th: 7:00pm RCIA program begins for those interested in joining the Catholic Church, learning more about the Church, or who have not been confirmed.

Sunday, November 30th: 9:30am-12:30pm Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast, $5 a meal and $1 extra for each egg.

Saturday, December 6th: 10:00am-3:00pm Work of Human Hands Sale

Saturday, December 13th: 2:00pm-5:00pm Fundraiser Craft Day for 1st through 6th grade. Make gift and such to bring home. $10 per student.

Wednesday, December 17th: 5:30pm First Reconciliation Service followed by pizza dinner.

Saturday, December 20th: 11:00am-2:00pm Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale

Saturday, December 20th: 7:00pm Communal Reconciliation Service

Monday, December 22nd: Decorate Church for Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th: 7:00pm Children's Mass, 11:30pm Caroling for Midnight Mass, and 12:00am Midnight Mass.

Thursday, December 25th: 10:00am Christmas Morning Mass

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bulletin Postings for 26 October 2008

Father Chuck is in Fairbanks for a series of meetings with the Bishop. He will be back on Friday evening.

The Parish Office will be closed on Friday, October 31, as Father will be gone, Susan has meetings and Friday is Elyse's day off.

The ten o'clock Mass next Sunday will be a Children's Mass. All members of the Faith Formation Classes are asked to be here no later than 15 minutes to 10. We are asking parents to send cookies or other goodies as a special treat after Mass for the students that day.

Remember in your prayers Gilberto Zazueta (known as Perea) has terminal cancer. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.

The Book Fair will be held on November 7 and 8 in the Social Hall. Donations of books , videos, DVDs and games can be left at the Parish office through November 3.

Work of Human Hands catalogs are here and we will be sending out our first order next weekend. If you would like to make out an order see Susan.

Marriage plans? Our diocese requires at least a four month preparation period. If you are hearing wedding bells, see Father Chuck.

Our faith formation program for 4 year olds through 8th grade begins at 11:15 Sunday mornings and ends at 12:15. Please be prompt in picking up your children. The high school class takes place after the 5 pm Mass and lasts for approximately one hour.

Interested in putting on a Christmas Bazaar Bake sale? If you would like to plan one, see Susan.

Our next baptism Sunday will be November 23. If you have a child to be baptized, see Father Chuck or Susan.

We are recruiting Eucharistic Ministers to visit those in the hospital , who are confined to their homes or who are unable to attend Mass and bring them Communion on Sundays. This is a very special ministry which requires giving of time on a Sunday.Teams of two ministers spend around 2 hours making the rounds of the hospital and homes . Currently, we have three teams now and would like to have three more which would then enable us to schedule each team every six weeks and as well as give us a backup team. See Father Chuck or Susan if you are interested.
We are also looking for volunteers to visit the Youth Facility and lead a prayer/ song service on Sunday morning. At the present time we have two including Father and would like to have two more which would allow us to schedule each person once a month. Since most of the residents of the Youth Facility are male we encourage men to volunteer but any volunteer is welcome. Again, see Father Chuck or Susan if you are interested.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bulletin Postings for 5 October 2008

Thank you! Thank you, to the anonymous person who donated 500 gallons of fuel oil to the church. This gift enabled us to top off the fuel tanks for the church and social hall and almost top off the other two tanks.

Fr. Chuck will be leaving Friday to go to Marshall and Russian Mission and will return Tuesday the 14th of October.
Rummage Room Update! We have begun the renovations on Meneger Hall (or the AA building as it is more commonly known.) Meneger Hall was built in 1944 and was the first Catholic church here in Bethel. It is being converted into a Rummage Room and the people who normally meet there will be meeting in the white house across the parking lot from the Church. The rummage building has been leveled and shelves are being built to hold the clothes and other items.
The Youth Group will meet after the 5pm Sunday Youth Mass at 6pm to discuss Heaven and Purgatory. How glorious!
Safe Sunday: The diocese of Fairbanks places great emphasis on the safety of our children and requires all those who work with them to undergo a background check and to receive training each year. This manditory training will take place Wednesday evening at 7 pm in Father's residence and will last approximately two hours. All catechists and those who plan to work with children, are required to attend even if they have received the training previously. In addition, next Sunday, October 12, has been designated Safe Sunday by the diocese and we are required to provide tour students in the faith formation program with age appropriate training in keeping safe. We will be showing the videos approved by the diocese next Sunday in all our Faith Formation classes except for preschool. Parents who wish to preview these videos are asked to attend the training for faith formation teachers on Wednesday. Those parents who do not want their children to see the videos will need to sign a statement saying so.

Our next Baptism Sunday is October 19. See Susan or Father if you have a child to be baptized.

Debbie Fairbanks has volunteered to run another book fair, so start identifying books you are willing to donate to this event. We have not established a date yet but it will probably be in late October or early November.

We are continuing our Prayer Vigils for Victims of Domestic Violence. Join us for the next two Wednesday evenings from 7-8 pm for a prayer vigil for victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects us all, so everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join us in prayer. Anyone interested in leading or speaking at any of our parish's prayer vigils can contact Deacon Brian McCaffery at 543-2962(H) or 1014(W).
Start planning now to attend the Northwest Catholic Women's Convocation IV on May 1-2, 2009 at the Maydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. The convocation gathers women for prayer, ritual, education, empowerment, celebration and transformation. The theme of this year's convocation is Dawning of a New Story:Radical Hope. Brochures and registration forms will be available in November. Registration fees are $110.00 per person. This is a great conference. See Susan if you are interested in attending.

Once again we are joining with the Covenant Church to provide a free hot meal each Friday evening from 6-7:30 pm to those who wish to participate. The Friday Night Supper Club will begin again on Friday, October 17 and continue through April of next year. We are asking for donations of food, such as fish, moose, meat, pasta, both canned and fresh vegetables and fruit, or money to help support the program. We also need volunteers to help with the cooking and serving. For more information, see Elyse.

Welcome to the delegates to the AVCP Convention which will take place this week. AVCP is sponsoring a potluck dinner for the delegates on Wednesday evening at 6 pm. If you would like to donate a dish for the potluck, contact Sheila Beaver at AVCP or just bring one to the Cultural Center by 6pm.

The Bethel Alternative Boarding School (BABS) currently has openings and is particularly encouraging village students to apply. If you know anyone who isn't in school or is struggling in their current school and is between 15 and 21 years of age, have them come to the school and pick up an application as soon as possible or you can go to, click on BABS and download the application or you can call the school at 543-5610 and ask for Erin.

A support group for women who have suffered losses meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm in the lobby of the Church. All women who have suffered losses are welcome to attend.

Get your free flu shots next Saturday, October 11 during Bethel's Mass Dispensing Exercise. This year, instead of a single large distribution site, several mobile sites and one drive through site are being planned.

Permanent Fund Checks were supposed to be mailed this week. Remember to put money aside to pay income tax next April. Because of the amount of the check even children will have to pay income tax so now is a good time to put aside the money.

We have had several people inquire about the RCIA classes. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is for people interested in joining the Catholic Church or for adult Catholics who have not received all of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, communion, confirmation) and would like to learn more about their faith. Talk to Father Chuck, Susan, or Brian if you are interested in taking the class which usually meets once a week.