Monday, June 29, 2009

Art at Holy Rosary in Dillingham, Alaska

By Fr. Scott Joseph Garrett

Over the years the Dillingham, Alaska Mission of Holy Rosary has acquired some very beautiful art. Some is authentic Alaskan Native art, some has been purchased by local artists, some of the art has been painted a Sister who lived at Holy Rosary, and some art was created by Holy Rosary parishioners. (Click on pictures to make larger).

When the new Holy Rosary church (1985) was being built, an Alaskan Native artist painted this scene on the wall right above the entrance to the church.

Here is a picture of Our Lady of Guadeloupe that is located in the basement of Holy Rosary. A duplicate of this framed picture is hanging in the basement at Saint Theresa in Naknek/King Salmon.

The annunciation was donated and created by Matteo Guarino in August of 2008.

The collage are pictures taken at Holy Rosary from about 2000 to 2005.

One of the Sisters in the 1970’s, an administrator at Holy Rosary, painted this picture of the old church that was built after a fire destroyed the main church. This old church is still a standing structure on the 10 acres of Holy Rosary property. The same sister painted the picture of the small airplane in the storm. She painted a picture of one of the experiences she had while traveling in a small plane from Anchorage to Dillingham.

A stormy fligt to Dillingham...but there is hope!

Here is a beautiful framed picture of an Alaskan Madonna painted by an unknown Alaskan Native. It hangs above the entrance to the church.

This statue of Mary is a much loved piece of Art. Parishioners who visit Holy Rosary remember it from over 40 years ago. It has been repainted several times and sits in the front of the church to the right of the crucifix.

Here is an ecumenical banner made by parishioners. It represents all of the churches in Dillingham and is displayed during the blessing of the feet each year.

Banner made by parishioners/children

Banners made by parishioners/children

Banner made by parishioners/children

Banners made by parishioners/children

Here is a mountain scene painted by Gary Richardson, a local Dillingham artist.

Here are pictures of administrators and priests who have served the Holy Rosary mission.

Art is a necessary part of any church. Art adds wonder, mystery, peace, and tranquility to make for a memorable spiritual experience. Thank you to all who have donated and created this beautiful art.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Baptism Clarks Point, Alaska - Samuel

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pictures by Judy George

It is amazing how God works in our Catholic Church. The same day one of our Catholic members died, we baptized another into our faith. William Tennyson died early morning on June 12, 2009. William was a tremendous loss to our community. After praying with the family, I climbed in my Cherokee Warrior II and flew the short 10 miles across the mouth of the Nushigak River to Clarks Point for an infant baptism.

We gathered at Saint Peter the Fisherman, June 12, 2009 at 11:30 AM to baptize Samuel James Slattengren, born in Dillingham, AK, Jan 10, 2009.

The small fishing village was a bit sleepy that morning, but there were some 20 to 25 people that attended the Mass/Baptism. Mariano had a warm fire burning in the wood stove and there were an assortment of cup cakes, smoked salmon, and breads for the reception afterwards.

Here are a few pictures of this grand event:

From left to right, Mariano (Godfather) awaits the start of Mass as Justine (Godmother), holds baby Samuel. Next is Samuel's mother, Brittany.

To welcome baby Samuel into Saint Peter the Fisherman community, parishioners traced the sign of the cross on his forehead.

Samuel is anointed on the breast bone with the oil of Catechumens.

The family prepares to have baby Samuel baptized.

Samuel is baptized in the name of the "Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

Even though the blessed Holy Water was a little cold, there was not even a peep out of Samuel!

After being anointed with the Sacred Chrism oil, Samuel is a happy camper.

Mariano and Justine held the candle, which represents the light of Christ.

Mom gets a special blessing.

Happy Godparents holding the newly baptized.

The proud parents and godparents pose for a picture after the baptism.

Brittany holds Samuel, the newest member to our catholic community.

Brittany, thank you for allowing me to baptize your son Samuel. It was an honor to be asked!