BELIEVE! BE TRANSFORMED! BECOME!
Faith is a verb, not a noun. What I mean by that is that once we have said "Yes" to our Lord and agree to be His disciples our work isn't over, it has just started. When we believe in Jesus' message and His sacrifice, it is as if we become the "three pecks of flour." His Spirit enters into us, like the yeast. Like the yeast, the Spirit works to transform us. It doesn't happen all at once, but gradually. Furthermore, the more we surrender to His will, the more we can understand the words of St. Paul:
"...it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." Galatians 2:20
One of the lessons I learned in my 16 years as an Air Force airman and chaplain is that for any mission to be successful every person in the unit must work together. So, my brothers and sisters, in this Bishop's Appeal, I am asking for your prayers; I am asking you to join me in this life-long process of building up the Church in this Missionary diocese.
Please help me draw more priests to our diocese and raise up more men for the priesthood.
Sincerely in Our Risen Lord,
Chad W Zielinski
Bishop of Fairbanks
Did you know?
Liturgy of the word with Holy Communion (LWHC) services are celebrated on Sundays when a priest is not in the village. At this time, on any given Sunday there are at least 18 of the 24 parishes in the Y-K Delta region that celebrate LWHC. In parishes where there are deacons, the deacon leads the service. In parishes that do not have deacons, lay women and men lead the services.
Parishes that have assigned priests (only 14) see a priest about every three to eight weeks (these parishes have Sunday and daily Mass while the priest is there. His visit could be a few days or up to two weeks.) Parishes that have priests coming from Fairbanks celebrate Eucharistic about once every three months. The priest coming from Fairbanks may be in a village only three to four days.
Serving the Parish Communities of:
Alakanuk - Aniak - Barrow
Bethel - Chefornak - Chevak
Delta Junction - Emmonak - Fairbanks
Galena - Healy (also Denali Park) - Holy Cross
Hooper Bay - Huslia - Kalskag
Kaltag - Kotlik - Kotzebue
Koyukuk - Little Diomede Island - Marshall
McGrath - Mountain Village - Nenana
Newtok - Nightmute - Nome
North Pole - Nulato - Nunam Iqua
Pilot Station - Ruby - Russian Mission
Saint Marys - Saint Michael - Scammon Bay
Stebbins - Tanana - Teller
Tok - Toksook Bay - Tununak - Unalakleet