Sunday, December 26, 2010

Children's Christmas Nativity Play, Dec 24, 2010

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor of Holy Rosary Mission of Alaska

Holy Rosary in Dillingham, Alaska offered, for the first Christmas ever, a children’s nativity play during our Mass. Bernina Venua, of Dillingham, volunteered to make the play happen. This year we are blessed to have an unusually large amount of Catholic children attending Mass. Bernina picked up on this fact and decided to have a Christmas Eve children’s event.

She rounded up the children and with the help of all the children's parents,she had rehearsals. Angie Venua, Bernina’s mom, bought and donated the costumes. On December 24th, 2010, the children filed in dressed up like angels, kings, shepherds, and wise men directly after the Gospel reading and a short Homily/Introduction.

The following pictures were taken the day before Christmas Eve at rehearsal. Parents look on as Mary and Joseph take the stage.

As Bernina reads during rehearsal the angels visit Mary and Joseph.

Wisemen and shepherds gather around the infant Jesus. King Herod (the evil King as Madison, the little girl who played King Herod, called him) sits off to the far right.

After rehearsal a couple of Angels pose for picture in the basement at Holy Rosary in Dillingham, Alaska.

Thank you very much for the enthusiasm for this play. Thanks especially to the Venua family and all the parents for your support. The nativity narrative and play brought many people closer to God!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Convalidation: George and Ruth

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor, Holy Rosary Mission Alaska

Sunday, December 12, 2010, George and Ruth Barnard were married in the Catholic Church. The couple has been married civilly for sixteen years. These kinds of events are what make a Catholic Priest very happy.

Ruth called me a few months ago and said she wanted to start receiving communion again from the Catholic Church. I set up an appointment for her and George to come in and talk.

During marriage preparation the couple fired up the computer and took the New Prepare and Enrich Exam/test/evaluation…whatever you want to call it…and scored very high. They were categorized as a “Harmonious” couple type. Not a big surprise considering they have been together for several years already.

Things just started to click into place. Baptismal certificates were obtained, permission for a mixed marriage was granted by the Archbishop(George is not Catholic, but baptized Christian), and marriage backgrounds were investigated. I gave them two homework assignments in the marriage workbook and the next week they came back with all of the assignments completed. After meeting with them four times I deemed them ready for marriage.

Although they wanted to be married on their civil marriage anniversary, December 9, I had to be in Anchorage that day so we made it for Sunday, December 12th. I reasoned with George, “George, if you accidentally miss Ruth’s anniversary on December 9th, you can always redeem yourself a couple days later on the 12th.

It was a grand occasion. The Mass was well attended, Ruth was able to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, she received communion for the first time in many, many years, and she was married in the Catholic Church.

During a packed Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, George and Ruth Barnard prepare to say their marriage vows, in front of God, for the first time.

I George, take thee Ruth...

During the vows a couple of girls pay close attention to the marriage.

George and Ruth came forward in front of the "Chair of Saint Peter" for the Nuptial Blessing.

"Lord, may they both praise you when they are happy and turn to you in their sorrows. "


Josie, from the ACE hardware, made a Salmon Igloo with Penguins made out of olives and carrots.

The food was fantastic.

Finally George and Ruth get to cut the cake.

To all married couples, please remember to pray together.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mateo Strikes Again

We at Holy Rosary Mission are fortunate to have Dr. Mateo Guarino, a Pediatrician, celebrate Mass with us in August and September.

Mateo hails from Europe and spends two months helping Children at Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham, Alaska.

Mateo is a gifted artist and shares his God given talent with our parish and several other parishes he visits. For Holy Rosary, he has donated three stained glass windows. His most recent donation is of Saint Francis and several Alaskan animals: Moose, Caribou, Red Fox, Grizzly Bear, Trumpeter Swan, and Canadian Geese (made Sep 2010).

The three angels and the Saint Francis windows will be placed over two of the back windows in the sactuary to help focus people's attention on the altar (made Sep 2009).

Here is the Annunciation Mateo created back in 2008.

Thank you so very much for sharing your time and talent with our Catholic Church! May God continue to bless all that you do.