Dear Holy Rosary Parishioners, here are a few announcements:
Rosary: This coming Sunday, 4 October, we will be praying the Rosary after Mass for all of those generous people who are helping to pay for our heating fuel. All are welcome to join us.
Gospel: A priest has a duty to talk about all aspects of spiritual life, some easier to talk about than others. Divorce is a prevalent topic in the gospel this Sunday. What does our Catholic Church say about divorce? What does the gospel say? My goal for re-visiting this topic of divorce is to help our Catholic community to heal while growing closer to God. The talk will be beneficial to all, but especially rewarding to those Catholics who have divorced and re-married.
Anchorage Travel: I will be going to Anchorage October 5 to October 8th for a pastoral day, physical, and to learn how to be a Judge for our tribunal. I am currently the judge for one case from Juneau. I hope to prove to the Archdiocese that a tribunal, in this day and age, can be run anywhere, even Dillingham, Alaska.
Prayers: Please keep little four year old Jacob Belleque in your prayers for he has been diagnosed with a rare disease that we think is treatable and curable. It is called Kawasaki disease.
Our Parishioner receives National Honor: Our own Dr. Dan O’Connell, not surprising, has received a National recognized award. Here is a brief description: National Indian Health Board - Local Impact Award for 2009, was announced at the National Indian Health Board Consumer Conference in DC. I do not have all of the specifics but will keep you posted.
Repairs: Most of the windows have been sealed up on the rectory. Also, the south and west sides of the rectory have been painted, except for the trim. I am still trying to decide on a color, any thoughts??. Additionally the place where people fill up water jugs has been cleaned up and a new area built. Finally, a new sign was erected at the end of the driveway so people coming from the airport can know where we are and who we are.
Welcome Back and Farewell: This week we welcome back the Reynolds family (who spend time in the lower 48 with elderly parents) and Matteo Guarina (who is a pediatricain and works at our hospitol a few months out of the year); say farewell to Karen and Vic Belleque who spend winter in Arizona; safe travels to Spruce who will be traveling to Texas for a couple weeks to accept a national art award from the Military; safe travels to the Venua family who will be in California and Las Vegas for training and vacation for two weeks.
Have a fantastic day and see you Sunday! Fr. Scott