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

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