Holy Cross Parish


Little Known Facts: Holy Cross Parish is probably one of the smallest parishes in the Anchorage city limits. We have an extremely diverse congregation with cultures including Filipino, Latino, Polish, and Native to name a few. We have everything the larger parishes do but a smaller staff family to minister to the parish needs.

Parishioners: 1500 approximately

Families: 575

History of Holy Cross: July 22, 1984 – Archbishop Hurley establishes Holy Cross Parish. Fr. Ernie Muellerleile is named as the first pastor. First Mass is held at Abbot Loop School. A Cross is placed at the corner of Lake Otis and Lore Road, marking the future home of the church building. The parish began with 30 enrolled families and increased to 90 enrolled families in the first 6 months. August1, 1990 – Sister Joan Oberle, C.PP.S., is assigned to the parish as Parish Associate. The weekend Masses are moved from Hanshew School and St. John Methodist Church to the storefront at the Postal Plaza at Lake Otis and Dowling Road. October 1992 – Deacon Bill Finnegan and his wife Diane are assigned to assist at Holy Cross Parish. Summer 1993: Construction of the church is completed and the Masses are moved from the storefront to the church. September 12, 1993 Archbishop Hurley dedicates the new church. (Note: the parish feast day, The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross is September 14.) In July of this year Holy Cross will be 28 years old.

What is the Parishes Best Kept Secret: We have an extremely well stocked library, with a plethora of religious books. All of which can be checked out by our librarian. We have also been participating in a different Vacation Bible School program every year for the past 20 + years under different leadership.


Outreach: We visit the sick and homebound. We are continuously supporting Catholic Social Services. We do a baby drive in October for Clare House and Respect Life month. We collect thanksgiving meal items in November for Beans Café. We participate in an Advent Giving Tree for Brother Francis Shelter, Clare House, McAuley Manor, Charlie Elder House, Covenant House and Toys for Tots. We collect dry and canned food products each month for Saint Francis House. We donate clothing and household items to Bishops Attic. We help refugee families all year long.

Parish wide devotional practices: Every Sunday the Rosary is prayed after the 9:00 a.m. Mass and the Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. The Vocation Cross – Each week a new family takes the parish vocation cross home and prays for vocations. We have a prayer chain, adult faith formation, and weekly youth nights. We have Lenten soup suppers with stations and an annual fish fry. Our youth are involved in stewardship and liturgy. We have a parish carnival and picnic in May to celebrate the end of the year and Father Ernie’s birthday. The Monastery of Perpetual Adoration is one block north of our church.