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!

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