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!

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