Fr Chuck Peterson Health News

Family photo of Fr Chuck

Thursday, 3 December, 12pm:

News Bulletin / Mailing Address

Holding Steady. That’s the official word on Chuck’s condition this morning. We understand that the medications he is receiving typically take 3-5 days to begin to turn this illness around. So though he is not now showing any significant improvement, the good news is that he is not declining. Realistically we hope to see him begin to improve, perhaps, a couple days from now.
Meanwhile his spirits remain buoyant and those closest to him report that he is in good humor. We can be pleased and proud that he continues to fight the good fight at this stage. Your prayers and love are deeply appreciated.
* Those who wish to send him well wishes, please use his home address. (Above) Thank you!

Wednesday, 2 December, 11pm:

Jo Anne Peterson reported that Chuck is in good humor after she spoke with him earlier on Wednesday.


Wednesday, 2 December, 2pm:

Fr Chuck remains in Intensive Care, still receiving high-flow oxygen.
Please keep him in your prayers.
Thank you

Tuesday, 1 December, 2pm:

Fr Chuck Peterson was hospitalized on Monday, 30 November. That news has been shared widely. There is, of course, widespread concern for Chuck and it is fair to say that the network of all who love him is alive with fervent prayers for his healing.
In the interest of keeping up a flow of accurate information about his condition, I will use this website as well as the Parish FB page, so please feel free to check here and to share what you learn as this story develops. As soon as I learn more news that I can confirm I will post it here. The source of my information is the person who oversees the healthcare for all the Jesuits in our Province.

The Parish FB page is

What we know as of Noon, Tuesday, 1 December:
-Chuck is in Intensive Care.
-He is diagnosed with a severe case of Covid related pneumonia.
-He is receiving high-flow oxygen through a face-mask.
-The medications he is receiving include an anti-viral cocktail and a steroid. It might be a couple days before we know how effective that treatment will be.
-He is not in a coma.
-He is not communicative at this time.
I’ve been asked if he can receive text messages on his cell phone. At this time I don’t have a definitive answer, however I doubt that he has access to his cell phone for now. As soon I understand what, or how, he might be able to receive communications I will share that information.
Quyana for your love and prayers,
– Fr Mark

COVID-19 CLOSURE — No in-church services as of 21 October 2020

The Immaculate Conception Parish Pastoral Council held a remote meeting on the evening of 21 October. In light of the current surge of cases in the YK region and especially in the area around Bethel and nearby villages they agreed unanimously to advise Fr Rich to stop holding in-church services.

Therefore Fr Rich Magner, SJ has issued a Closure Notice to stop all gatherings on the properties of Immaculate Conception Church  until further notice.

We apologize for this inconvenience and especially for the hardship suffered by grieving families.*

FACEBOOK:        The recorded Mass will continue to be available on Facebook, in both video format and sound-only format.

BETHELCATHOLIC.ORG: Fr Mark Hoelsken is out of the village until mid-November, therefore during the weeks of 25 October to 8 November there will be some interruption of timely Mass postings on this website. During the weeks of 25 October to 8 November please follow the Mass each week on Facebook or by Zoom on Sunday mornings.

ZOOM: Fr Rich will host a Zoom Mass each Sunday morning at 10:30 AST. All who are interested to attend that Mass should contact Fr Rich for login information. Contact Fr Rich at: 907-545-1123, or

*  Grieving families please contact Fr Rich to make necessary arrangements for care for your families and for the respectful burial of loved ones.

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