Monday, March 22, 2010

Shower: Preparing For Youth Retreat

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor Holy Rosary Mission

Preparing for our second annual non-electronic community service youth retreat has been high on our priority list these last few months. Mainly, the installation of a shower in the basement of the church at Holy Rosary in Dillingham.

For the second year in a row, 12 youth from Anchorage parsihes, along with three adults, will arrive at Holy Rosary Monday, July 5, 2010, for a five day stay, ending Friday, July 9th.

Last year 6 girls stayed in the basement of the rectory and 6 guys in the basement of the church. The girls were luckier in that they could use the shower in the rectory, but the boys had to either wait or go down to the harbor and use the pay showers.

Although the showering system all worked out fine, we decided to incrcrease our star rating from a 2 stars to a solid 3. So we raised some money and are installing a shower.

Here is some shots of the work that has been performed by Scott Kinhg of King Carpentry, aided by our own Pat Durbin.


The cement floor actually had to be Jack-Hammered out and the drain uncovered.


Although a square shower was ordered, there was a mistake in shipping and we received a rounded model. This is Alaskan Bush living at its best. When it comes to construction we have to make lemonade out of lemons.


It fits in rather nicely!


New and old Technology: Scott King of King's Carpentry used the latest technology in plumbing. He spliced new high tech tubing onto the copper tubing. And the new splices for copper tubing are revolutionary!


Sheet rock is never fun to install.


Mud and tape have to be put along the seams and then sanded. Scott King says he does this two or three times before painting.


Scott King seals up the seams of the sheet-rock with mud before painting.


Ahhh, almost done! The final product will be done before the Holy Thursday celebration, i.e. a couple more coats of mud, white primer, clean-up, touch-up, and painting.


Here is the completed shower.


I hope those from the Bristol Bay communities will get involved with the Anchorage youth retreat this year. All are welcome!

Thank you to all the Holy Rosary parishioners for your patience while the shower was being installed and to Pat Durbin for sharing his expertise and donating his time!

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