Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mount Angel Continuing Ed - March 29, 2011

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor of Holy Rosary Mission Alaska

Twenty-Five plus priests gathered for continuing education at Mount Angel Seminary. The third annual alumni gathering met two days at Saint Benedict, Oregon. Our discussion centered around the Triduum readings and Easter Vigil celebration. Speakers were Father Donald Senior, CP (noted scripture scholar)and Father Rory Pitstick. At the end was a panel discussion with Dr. Elaine Park and Dr. Owen Cummings.

Below are the three priests from Alaska who attended the alumni seminar. Dr. Owen Cummings (Regents Chair of Theology and Professor of Systematic Theology) stands in the middle between Fr. Scott Garrett and Fr. Tom Lilly (Anchorage) on the left and Msgr. Joseph Mayo, Diocese of Salt Lake City and Robert Fath, Diocese of Fairbanks on the far right).

Fr. Scott and Fr. Tom pose with Dr. Owen Cummings (Regents Chair of Theology).

Fr. Tom Lilly of the Anchorage diocese chats with a couple fellow priests.

Dr. Elaine Park, Academic Vice-President and Professor of Biblical Studies at Mount Angel Seminary listens as a priest asks questions about the Easter Vigil.

Dr. Cummings answers questions during the panel discussion at the 3rd annual Mount Angel Alumni Continuing Education gathering.

Master or Ceremonies, Rev. Paul Peri (Director of Pastoral Formation and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology) presents our speaker.

Father Rory Pitstick (Formation Director and Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount Angel Seminary) breaks open the readings that are proclaimed during the Easter Vigil Mass.

Father Francisco Hernandez, Diocese of Sacramento (far right) and Father Hector Montoya, Diocese of Sacramento talk during one of our breaks.

Nikki Martin (Secretary for Pastoral Formation) organized the Alumni seminars and was our contact for setting up our food and lodging.

Priests from several diocese, including Yakima, Portland, Santa Fe, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Sacramento, Seattle, and Salt Lake City attended the alumni gathering at Mount Angel. Here a couple priests chat during a break. Left is Father Brooks Beaulaurier, Diocese of Yakima and Transitional Deacon David Severson, Seminarian, Diocese of Helena on the right.

Fr. Robert Fath, from the Diocese of Fairbanks, was one of three Alaskan priests who attended the seminar.

Dr. Elaine Park, Father Robert Siler (Diocese of Yakima), and Father Christian Liesy (Monastery of Christ in the Desert) listen to the lecture.

Father Donald Senior from Chicago was keynote speaker.

Fr. Tom Lilly soaks up the information that he will eventually put to use at Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton in Anchorage, Alaska.

Father Paul Peri gets a word in edgewise.

The seminar ended with seminary professors leading a panel discussion. From left to right is Dr. Cummings, Dr. Elaine Park, and Father Rory Pitskick.

Here is a list of the Alumni who attended.

Have a prayerful Lent and a wonderful Triduum and Easter.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Baptism: Grace Amelia March 13, 2011

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

The first Sunday of Lent, Grace Amelia Swift was baptized at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Dillingham, Alaska. Her big sister, Maddison Nichole, was baptized three years earlier on March 22, 2008. Grace Amelia was born February 22, 2011.

Yolanda Gage holds Grace before the baptism while the parents and God Parents s set up for Mass and the potluck afterward.

After the Homily, Grace is baptized. Walter Reynolds and Brian Venua altar serve while Grace is held over the baptismal font by her mother Laticia.

Walter lights the baptismal candle from the Easter candle and hands it to the God Parent, Chelsea Gross. Maddison, Grace's sister, is standing between Laticia and and God Parent Chelsea.

During the Ephphetha these words are said to Grace While her ears and mouth are touched, “May the Lord Jesus touch your ears to receive His word and your mouth to proclaim His faith.”

Before allowing the congregation to put the sign of the cross on Grace's forehead, Laticia gets a special “mom” blessing.

It is always a great honor for a priest to bring new people into the faith. I feel a strong spiritual connection with every infant I baptize. This was a great day for the community of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Dillingham, Alaska.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ash Wednesday in Bush Alaska: 2011

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor, Holy Rosary Mission Alaska

Ash Wednesday in the Alaskan Bush does not necessarily happen on Ash Wednesday. In Dillingham, Alaska Ash Wednesday, however, did come on Wednesday, at 12:15 PM. A half hour efore the Ash Wednesday Mass at Holy Rosary, Becky Chandler meditates in the pews while Yolanda Gage and a friend clean the windows. The green linen was then changed to purple before the Mass began. Purple stands for penance and reconciliation and reminds us to give, pray, and fast.

Ash Wednesday in Clarks Point happened on Friday, March 11, two days after Ash Wednesday. Our Cherokee Warrior II was in the Hanger in King Salmon, Alaska getting an annual inspection so I had to opt for Grant Air. The Grant pilot who dropped me off in Clarks flew a Cessna 207:

I celebrated Mass in Louise Gardener’s home in Clarks Point. Before beginning, our Catholic Church honored Louise with a hand carved statue from Italy of Saint Theresa, the Little Flower. Saint Theresa is the Patron Saint of air travel and safety so I asked Louise to pray for the safety of pilots, especially me. Here, Louise’s granddaughter, Brittany, helps Louise open the gift while Brittany’s son Jack stares at the camera.

Here Louise hold up her statue.

Saint Theresa celebrated with ashes on Saturday, March 12, at noon. I flew over with Walt in a Penair caravan and back with Pat Shryock. Below is a picture of Pat standing next to Billy Tolbert. Pat (right) and his family regularly attends Saint Theresa Catholic Church in King Salmon/Naknek.

I am a little frustrated because the best weather we have had this year has been the last two weeks and our Cherokee Warrior is in the hanger awaiting parts. Wouldn’t you know it! I told Pat Shryock, while flying back from King Salmon to Dillingham, that he will know when our plane will be fixed and ready to fly because the visibility will be 1 mile, the wind 35 knots, and the ceiling 400 feet that day.

Fly Safe out there!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mount Angel Seminary Breeds Alaskan Priests

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor of Holy Rosary Mission

The Archdiocese of Anchorage recently hosted the 2011 convocation. All Alaskan Priests from our three dioceses, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, were in attendance. Speakers from the USCCB presented training on the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal.

Several Mount Angel alumni were in attendance. These former Mount Angel Seminarians are now active diocesan priests in Alaska.

This is seminarian Patrick Brosamer, currently on pastoral year from Mount Angel Seminary. He is serving at Saint Anthony in Anchorage for about four more months. He will then return to Mount Angel in Oregon to complete the last two years of his seminary training. He will be ordained for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. He arrives at the convocation just a tad bit late. Believe me, we won't hold it against you Patrick!

Fr. Steve Moore, Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska, Saint Benedict, Anchorage, Alaska.

Father Sean Thompson from the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Father Robert Fath, Diocese of Fairbanks, North Pole, Alaska.

Father Scott Medlock, Archdiocese of Anchorage, Saint Patricks, Anchorage, Alaska. Otherwise known as the married Scott, or Scott the greater.

Father Ross Tozzi, for the Diocese of Fairbanks, is currently serving in Nome, Alaska. There is "No Place like Nome."

Father Tom Lilly, Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Anne Seaton, Anchorage, Alaska. Tom and I were ordained together on March 24, 2003.

Father Thomas Weise is currently a pastor in Ketchikan, Alaska for the Diocese of Juneau.

Father Scott Garrett, Holy Rosary Mission, Dillingham, Alaska, Archdiocese of Anchorage.

Father Scott Setelmo, Diocese of Juneau.

Children from SEAS in Anchgorage sing for our Mass on Wednesday Morning at the Fairfield Hotel banquet room. Two Mount Angel Alumi, Fr. Scott Medlock and Father Sean Thompson, join in the singing.

See you all next year!