Monday, August 10, 2009

Good Shepherd Meets Holy Rosary Mission

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor, Holy Rosary Mission, Dillingham, Alaska

The Archdiocese of Anchorage sent me to Good Shepherd Parish in Chilton, Wisconsin to help raise money for the world missions. From my understanding an organization called the Mission Cooperation Plan is conducted by the Catholic Foundation. Basically through this program the Catholic Foundation choose missionaries from mission dioceses to go out and raise money for world missions. The money from all the donations goes into a big pool of money and is then divided up among all the participating missions.

For my first mission talks (this is the first time I have ever given a mission talk anywhere), I was selected to go to Good Shepherd parish. Good Shepherd has two Saturday evening Masses and two Sunday morning masses. I was the main celebrant for all four of the masses.

Here is the huge old beautiful church building.

My presentation was during the Homily. It consisted of five minutes talking about the scriptures and five minutes talking about the missions. I focused on my mission at Holy Rosary in Dillingham., although I talked about all the missions in Alaska and the world. It was fun and exciting to share our wonderful mission with people from Wisconsin. The hard part was choosing what to talk about. Every mass was a different talk because there was so much I wanted to say. I still have a lot of work to do to iron out my presentation.

What made my experience very good, in fact fabulous, was the hospitality I received from the Good Shepherd staff. What a great bunch of people. They made me feel welcome and at home. In fact, Deacon Dennis Bennin volunteered to deacon all four masses with me, which made my experience celebrating mass in a new environment, very easy and less stressful. THANK YOU DENNIS.

I would like to thank all of the staff, especially Fr. Bob Kollath, for allowing me to raise money at his church and stay in the rectory. Thank you Sandy and Ruth for your help and assistance. Also, thank you to Pat for all the beautiful music and for Jose, their seminarian, for helping to sent up my slide show presentation.

Below are a couple of pictures that were taken before some of the masses began.

Ruth Thede and I pose before the beginning of the 8:00 A.M. Mass. She was like the MC in charge and took care of ensuring the mass started on time. She is also the housekeeper for Good Shepherd. She took great care of me!

From left to right, Fr. Scott, Page, Deacon Dennis, and the Sheriff!

Deacon Dennis and I pose before the 10:00 AM Mass. He was a great help to me while I was celebrating all four masses.

Altar servers at the 8:00 A.M. Mass. Thank you for your service!

I talked to several parishioners before and after masses. Here are a couple funny questions and comments that transpired.

Question: If you are so short of priests in the Archdiocese of Anchorage, how can you afford the time to be here?

My Answer: We are also short on money!

Comment: Why is the statue of Saint Theresa, the one on the dashboard of your airplane, facing toward you? It should be looking out the window ahead. After a little reflection he said, forget that, I forgot women seem to have eyes in the back of their heads!

Thank you to all the generous parishioners at Good Shepherd parish who donated to the world missions. Together, in unity, we are taking the Gospel to the “Ends of the Earth” and building the Kingdom of Good. You are all a big part of that!

Next week-end I will be in Mishicot and Francis Creek Wisconsin for masses at Holy Cross and Saint Anne.

Please pray for me and all the missions in the world!


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Holy Rosary Mission said...

Thanx Nettiel, I will keep you in mind when I need more rosarys. Thank you for checking out our website...Fr. Scott