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!

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