Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from King Salmon/Naknek, Alaska

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett

Merry Christmas from everyone at Saint Theresa in King Salmon/Naknek.

Saint Theresa is located six miles west of King Salmon and six miles East of Naknek. The two villages are 65 airmiles southwest of Dillingham and have a total year around population of about 1000 people. We celebrated Mass at Saint Theresa December 24th at 4:00 P.M. Saint Theresa is a Mission church of Holy Rosary.

Barbara (BJ) Hill, the administrator for Saint Theresa, got together a crew and decorated the inside and outside of Saint Theresa right after the 4th Sunday of Advent. A reception was held in the basement of the church after the Christmas Mass.

Here are a picture of Saint Theresa a few hours before the Christmas Eve Mass began.

After Mass, the parishioners stand around and chat for a while before going downstairs for the potluck or heading home to open presents.

Saint Theresa Parishioners begin to gather in the basement of the church for the celebration after the Christmas Eve Mass. Parishioners made up special hors d'oeuvres for the occasion.

Have a blessed Christmas Season!

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