Tuesday, May 31, 2011

1st Communion & Confirmation: May 28-29, 2011

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor Holy Rosary Mission

Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz and Deacon Harry Moore (Deacon at Saint Michael, Palmer, Alaska) flew in from Anchorage to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation at Saint Theresa in Naknek/King Salmon and Holy Rosary in Dillingham.

After arriving in Dillingham we barbecued some steaks after finding our King Fishing net empty. Saturday, May 28the we flew to Saint Theresa in Naknek, 64 air miles to the Southwest of Dillingham. Archbishop Schwietz helped pilot our Cherokee Warrior II into Runway 12 at King Salmon.

Daniel Sietz stands in front of the baptismal font at Saint Theresa Parish. Saint Theresa serves the communities of King Salmon and Naknek, Alaska. Daniel was the most excited and enthusiastic person I have ever prepared for confirmation.

At six years of age, Aurora was very ready for her first communion. Her next step is to follow her sister's footsteps, Alter Server!

From left to right, Deacon Harry,Mary Shryock (Dianiel's sponsor), Daniel, Archbishop Schwietz,and me. Aurora is out in front!

Sunday at 12:30 we had our First Communion and Confirmation Mass at Holy Rosary in Dillingham.

Katelynn, Alethia, and Lotus brought up the gifts.

Since Lotus volunteered to go first, for First Communion, I did not have the camera ready. I did manage to get Katelynn as she received the Body of Christ.

Alethia partakes in the Precious Blood of Christ.

I pose for a picture with Katelynn, whom I use to toss up in the air and catch.

Lotus is very happy to be able to finally get communion!

Alethia, Katelynn, and Lotus pose for a picture during out potluck.

Archbishop Schwietz confirmed five people. There were four teenagers and one adult. Out of the five confirmed, three were baptized Lutheran.

Kara Ingram holds the book for Archbishop Schwietz.

We are ready to anoint those to be confirmed.

Anthony Reynolds, age 15, who was baptized Lutheran, is confirmed into our Catholic faith. Anthony has been an altar server and also a lector. He has helped around the Church to polish all of our sacred metal vessels.

Brian Venua, age 13, has been an altar server from the first Mass I celebrated at Holy Rosary (August of 2005). Brian also has learned to play the piano and plays for us during Mass

Johanna Belleque was our one adult in RCIA. She converted from Lutheran to Catholicism. Now, the whole family is Catholic!

Walter Reynolds, age 13, was also baptized Lutheran. Walter has helped fix things around our Church and in my opinion is a prime candidate for the priesthood.

Joshua Ingram, age 12, joins his family at fish camp in Ekuk each year. I baptized Josh December 7, 2008. His father James converted to Catholicism last year. His sister Kara altar served at his confirmation.

Kyle Belleque sponsored Anthony Reynolds for confirmation.

Joshua Ingram and Archbishop Schwietz stand in front of the Altar after after the Archbishop confirmed him. Josh is one happy guy!

Here is Johanna Belleque and Archbishop Schwietz.

From left to right, Brian Venua, Walter Reynolds, Archbishop, Johanna Belleque, Anthony Reynolds, Joshua Ingram, and Deacon Harry Moore.

Thank you to Archbishop Schwietz and Deacon Harry for a wonderful celebration. Please hurry back!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fr. Scott: First Beach Landing in Alaska

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor of Holy Rosary Mission Alaska

It takes guts to land on an Alaskan beach. I talk about it on the following video.

By 9:00 AM Friday the 13th, 2011, I took off in my Cherokee Warrior II to try my first Beach Landing. My plan was to meet John Bouker of Bristol Bay air at Protection Point, about 34 miles south of Dillingham, Alaska. John was transporting one of my parishioners, Bernina Venua, and several of her friends, to this remote beach. Bernina wanted an Alaskan adventure, which included taking pictures of the several varieties of birds.

While looking for a place to land on the beach I shot a video while flying at 300 feet. CLICK HERE.

Here is John Bouker taxiing out to the Dillingham runway to fly Bernina and her friends out to Protection Point.

After circling the beach for about ten minutes, I realized the tide was too high to see the beach. I returned to Dillingham and talked with John. He informed me that, "The tide would not be low enough to land until 2:30 PM."

I fired my plane back up at 2:30 and was about ten miles behind John Bouker. Since I had never landed on a beach before I wanted to watch where John landed first and then get a report. I watched him land and when he took off again I called him up on 122.9. We talked a couple minutes then I decided to try to land.

Here is what the Protection Point beach looked like from about 1000 feet.

Besides making sure the tide is low, instead of high before landing, John gave me some very helpful beach landing tips.

1. Don't land on what looks like dry beach, it is soft and one might get bogged down. Try to land on the wet surface because it is packed down more.

2. After landing, do not taxi around. Stop where you are, let people out, etc., get back into the plane, and take off. Taxiing around will increase the risk of getting bogged down and really stuck.
3. Be sure the wind is right. Beach landings are very tricky. Most of the beaches are slanted and have an uphill or downhill grade.

4. Weight and tires are important as well. John had larger tires but a lot of weight. I did not have much weight, but very small tires.

With all of this information swirling around in my head, I decided to do a touch and go. Here is the video.

For Video on Beach Tips CLICK HERE.

For the video of landing on the beach you can also CLICK HERE.

I was very happy and excited when it was all done. I have been wanting to try a beach landing since I have been flying out here (six years). I finally got up enough confidence after close to 700 hours of flying to give it a shot. It was absolutely exhilarating.

I had several more videos but out here in the Alaska Bush, using the Satellite, it took me four attempts and two days to finally load the above two and one half minute video.

Fly safe out there...Fr. Scott

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Holy Rosary Flying Videos: Top Three

After having submitted Bristol Bay flying videos to Alaska Dispatch in Anchorage, YouTube, Facebook, and this website, here are the top three videos most frequently watched. It is difficult to determine exactly how many times these videos were watched because those viewings on our Holy Rosary website are not counted in the YouTube total.

Here is one of the first videos I made several years ago. Youtube shows it as having 617 viewings. It is entitled, "Father Scott Flying Warrior II: Dillingham to Clarks Point.

You can also view this video by CLICKING HERE!

Ave Maria sang by a friend. Video made by Dawn in Wilmington North Carolina. 292 people have viewed this Video entitled. "Thank you Holy Rosary."

You can also view this video by CLICKING HERE!

Back in the 1980's, Fr. James Kelly filmed a beautiful video about him flying around Bristol Bay and ministering to the villages. There have 285 people who have viewed this video entitled, "Father Kelly Flying Around the Saint Paul Mission."

You can also view this video by CLICKING HERE.

Safe Flying Out There!!