Monday, December 29, 2008

Holy Rosary Visitors: 2005-2008

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett, Pastor.

Since I have been at Holy Rosary in Dillingham (August of 2005), several priests, relatives, bishops, and friends have visited us. Below are some of there pictures:

September 2005: The president of Catholic Extension Magazine Bishop Houck and the editor Judy Gerth came for a couple of days to visit the mission. Bishop Houck motivated me to get the crucifix we have hanging in Holy Rosary now. He also made a substantial donation to help repair the rectory and church.

December 4, 2006: The Most Reverend Roger L. Schwietz, O.M.I. stayed a few nights so he could install me as Pastor of Holy Rosary parish.

Christmas 2006: Retired priest Father Albert (AJ) Fisher came to cover for me in case I got stranded in King Salmon giving the Christmas eve mass. Sure enough, Father Al had to step up to the plate and take the Christmas eve Mass at Holy Rosary. I finally arrived at Dillingham as people were leaving mass. Thanx Father Al.

February 2007: Fr. Bob Morin gave a renewal retreat during Lent. He stayed for a week. Fr. Bob gave me the idea to upgrade the confessional, i.e. nice chairs, poster of the Prodigal Son, candle, and re-paint.

June 1, 2007: My Sister Brenda basically painted the entire inside of the rectory. She bought rugs and towels for the spare rooms and basically cleaned the place up. Here she is shown on a large rock at Kanakanak beach. The Venua's took her and her husband and my cousin Kristi and her husband Doug, down to the beach to look for drift wood for landscaping the grounds at Holy Rosary. Looks like Brenda is taking a well deserved break here.

June 1, 2007: My Brother in Law, Dan Wood, built the roof on the porch to the rectory. We needed Peter Pan to bend some metal. With God's helping hand, and great community involvement, he was able to get everything done, even though he did not bring any tools.

June 1, 2007: Kristi and Doug stayed for a week. They worked the entire time. They landscaped and built counter tops in the rectory kitchen.

June 2007: Fr. Joel Alamen read about the mission at Holy Rosary in Catholic Extension. He decided to fly up from California and check us out. We ended up flying to Illiamna for mass and back to Holy Rosary.

July 10, 2007: Ken Ong, a representative from Catholic Extension, came for a couple days to check out the mission. I was able to fly him to King Salmon and back.

August 2007: Deacon Felix McGuire flew into Dillingham to help me fly my airplane through Lake Clark Pass to Anchorage. The ceiling was 500 feet most of the way. I used my airplane, the Cherokee Warrior II to get my IFR rating.

August 2007: Our Seminarian, Pat Brosamer, stayed at the rectory for about a week. He is currently plugging away at his master's in theology and will hopefully one day become a priest of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. Please keep him in your prayers.

August 22, 2007: Mark Welty, a commercial Pilot down in the lower 48, was interested in visiting the Alaskan Bush. He came out to Dillingham and spent a couple of days at the rectory. We flew to Manokotak, Clarks Point, and Portage Creek.

Easter 2008: Father Bill Hanrahan, who is currently retired in Seward, Alaska, offered to celebrate Holy Week at Saint Theresa in King Salmon. We hope to get him back Easter of 2009 to celebrate the Holy Week at Holy Rosary in Dillingham.

All visitors are welcome at Holy Rosary. Please let me know if you would like to come and spend some quiet time away from the big city and have a REAL ALASKAN ADVENTURE

Monday, December 8, 2008

Baptism: Kara & Josh, Dec 7, 2008

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett, Pastor
Pictures by Angela Clark

Do you know why I know, without a doubt, that God was present and working at the baptism of Kara and Josh? We randomly chose December 7, 2008 as the date of the baptism. The gospel was about John the Baptist baptizing people in the Jordan River. It could not have been a better gospel reading for a baptism!

As a Catholic Priest I really get excited about baptisms. It is such a reward for an ordained servant of God to add new members to the flock.

Kara and Josh (sister and brother) are not infants so I was able to prepare them for Baptism (if there is such a thing), First Communion, and First Reconciliation all at once. First Reconciliation was more or less a rubber stamp of approval because, well, they were baptized, i.e. cleaned of all sin.

Kara and Josh, twelve and ten years old respectively, were quizzed for two months after every Sunday mass. My ulterior motive was to also prepare them to be altar servers. The two newly baptized have learned the names of all the sacred vessels, everything used for preparing the altar, all of the clothing priests wear, and all the posture needed during mass…and I dare you, ask them what happens to the bread and the wine!

Getting to the baptism was on the shaky side. The day before I had flown my Cherokee Warrior II to King Salmon, via Levelock. I was planning to make a stop at Egegik, but the ice fog started moving in. I cut the flight short and landed in King Salmon.

The next morning after the 9:00 AM mass at Saint Theresa, I had to fly back to Dillingham by 12:30 PM for the Baptism and Mass. I have two and a half hours to get from King Salmon to Dillingham. Dillingham is 64 miles or 40 minutes from King Salmon by airplane (no roads out here!)

Because of the ice fog, I left my Warrior II at Tibbetts Airmotive, and hooked up with Penair (they have much more experience flying than my 300 hours). Ice fog and snow delayed the Penair flight. We were finally able to get air born about 11:50 AM, giving me 40 minutes to get to Dillingham for the 12:30 Mass and Baptism. I was literally on pins and needles. I walked into Holy Rosary at 12:29 PM. Just made it!

Here are some pictures of the grand event.

Here are the parents on the left (James and June) and the God parents (Robert and Angela) 0n the right. Kara and Josh are ready to be baptized.

The Baptism of Joshua

Kara being anounted with Sacred Chrism oil. The oil (SC) was consecrated in Anchorage by the Archbishop at the Chrism Mass during Holy Week this year.

Both the parents of the two children received a special blessing. The children's mother June is shown below receiving her blessing.

This is the Body and Blood of Christ to be used for Kara and Josh's First Communion.

Kara receiving her First Communion:

Joshua receiving his First Communion

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not so bad after all!

Kara and Josh, the newest members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Alethia REALLY liked the punch and cake at the potluck after the baptism. She is shown below coloring on a special table set up for children downstairs where we have our gatherings after Mass.

After the baptism at Holy Rosary during the potluck, some parishioners pose for a picture.

Congratulations Kara and Josh. We are very happy to have you as members of our Catholic Church!